Monthly Archives: May 2012

Regional variation in pronunciation/ dialect map

This website demonstrates regional variation in pronunciation with examples of how people in different parts of the US pronounce the word “bought.” http://www.utexas.edu/courses/linguistics/resources/socioling/boughtmap/index.html Creole, Gullah* http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPGx1icFdLQ (From 5:00 or so) *Audio and video are not synched accurately.

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Linguistic profiling, history of AAVE, Gullah

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EPGx1icFdLQ John Baugh discusses linguistic profiling (see also:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KCL97s1lJg). It also discusses the creolist theory of  the origins of African American English. Around 5:00, the video shows people speaking Gullah.

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Endangered Smith Island dialect

This video shows an example of the endangered Smith Island dialect of English  

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George Lopez and code-switching

You can use this clip from the George Lopez TV show to analyze code-switching.

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Standard v. non-standard English in My Fair Lady

My Fair Lady – Eliza Doolittle’s Cockney Accent http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AZqESl-0OkA [UPDATE 1/23/2016: The video originally linked to is no longer available. Try the clip below from Pygmalion (1938).]

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“Reasonable suspicion” and “illegality” in the Daily Show

Here’s a send up on the ambiguities of “reasonable suspicion” and “illegality” from the Daily Show from May 2011, apropos of Arizona’s immigration law: http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/thu-may-6-2010/suspicious-behavior-on-cinco-de-mayo This clip would be great to pair with the Glenn Beck video posted on this site, which is … Continue reading

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