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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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Justice Sotomayor’s name

On the “Late Show,” David Letterman aired a new segment in 2009 called the “Sonia Sotomayor Pronunciation Round-Up.” The video, found at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/06/02/lettermans-sonia-sotomayo_n_210264.html shows the myriad ways talking heads and anchors alike have screwed up the name of the would-be Supreme Court … Continue reading

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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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