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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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Margaret Cho – I’m the One I Want

In this  excerpt, Cho  talks about race and language: being asked  to speak to viewers “in your native language,” being treated like a visiting exchange student, and being the only White person around a bunch of Asians. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kc6mLwOa2Ig This is … Continue reading

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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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Why do I need subtitles?

“Why do I need subtitles”: Politics of translation- This comic sketch comments on how people judge linguistic comprehensibility based on the appearance of the person speaking. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CN666q3ptAU

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Markedness and racism

Kumail Nanjiani – “Racists”: Discussion of markedness- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVBXn-owyAE&feature=bf_prev&list=PLC41A1610BAFF90CE&lf=mh_lolz

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