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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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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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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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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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Perfect English in I Love Lucy

In this clip from I Love Lucy, Lucy is intent on teaching her future child to speak “perfect English”, and she criticizes her husband Ricky Ricardo’s English pronunciation. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zjadbW2ZARg&feature=related [UPDATE 1/23/2016: The clip originally linked to is not available, but see two … Continue reading

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