Category Archives: Videos

Arika Okrent language-related videos

a series of videos on English vocabulary, language origins, and other language and society related topics Continue reading

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Irish accent and Irish language

Saoirse Ronan tries to teach Stephen Colbert to speak English with an Irish accent. Separately, Jim McCloskey discusses the Irish language on The World. Continue reading

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Seth Meyers “Boston Accent Trailer”

This segment from Late Night with Seth Meyers, “Boston Accent Trailer”, parodies Hollywood films set in Boston and their treatment of language. It comments humorously on stereotypical lexical items (bro, wicked), the variety of accents portrayed (“the upscale Kennedy-type”, “the … Continue reading

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Video clips for teaching language ideologies

Several colleagues have suggested film and video clips that may be useful in teaching about language ideologies, including the value of standard and non-standard varieties, social stereotypes, and style shifting. This post includes several YouTube videos. Continue reading

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Films to show in class

Here are some films that people on the linganth list have mentioned as good to show in class: Mickey Mouse Monopoly (good with Lippi-Green): http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=112 Multilingual Hong Kong http://www.foryue.org/ The Linguists http://www.thelinguists.com/ Voices of North Carolina http://ncsu.edu/linguistics/talkingnc/products/voicesofnc.php Speaking in Tongues http://speakingintonguesfilm.info/ Pidgin: The Voice of … Continue reading

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Jimmy Smits SNL skit

This is the famous Jimmy Smits SNL skit that Jane Hill talks about in her discussion of Mock Spanish. (you will need to subscribe to Hulu plus to watch the video) http://www.hulu.com/watch/281246/saturday-night-live-enchilada

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Linguistic profiling

This HUD video on housing discrimination shows a White man taking on various accents when making phone calls to ask about apts for rent. Useful to pair with John Baugh’s work on linguistic profiling

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Language and character in Disney movies

  Many of the clips in the 2001 film Mickey Mouse Monopoly: Disney, Childhood, and Corporate Power are useful for pairing with Lippi Green http://www.mediaed.org/cgi-bin/commerce.cgi?preadd=action&key=112  

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Steve Harvey’s white voice

Black Comedian Steve Harvey compares white and black communication styles. He imitates a white man’s voice at 2:35-4:13. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ICsHscXzXw0 (2:35-4:13)

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Holllywood Injun English in MacGuyver

See 8:27-9:38 in this episode of MacGuyver for a Hollywood portrayal of Injun English http://www.cbs.com/classics/macgyver/video/?pid=oBrc4c2saVHcDEu5v_LJhILTs6IMa4mX&vs=&play=true (8:27-9:38)

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