Accent Expert Gives a Tour of U.S. Accents – (Part 2) | WIRED

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Dialect coach Erik Singer once again takes us on a tour of different accents across English-speaking North America. Erik, along with a host of other linguists and language experts, takes a look at some of the most interesting and distinct accents around the country.

Host: Erik Singer
Director: Alice Roth
Producer: Alyssa Marino & Erik Singer
DP: Charlie Jordan
Production Manager: Morgan Winters
Editor: Estan Esparza
Post Production Manager: Nick Ascanio
Head of Programming for WIRED: Chris Conti
Linguists: Nicole Holliday, Megan Figueroa, Sunn m’Cheaux, & Kalina Newmark
Dialect demonstrations: Amani Dorn
Oklahoma Indeginous Accent demonstration courtesy of Dennis Sixkiller
Miami English Demonstration courtesy of Christopher Mendoza
Native Lakota Accent Demonstration courtesy of Reg Charging
Special thanks to:
Pamela Vanderway
Eliza Simpson
James N. Stanford
Nacole Walker
Justin McBride
Zachary Cooper
Reg Charging
International Dialects of English Archive
The Language & Life Project
Talkin’ Tar Heel, How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina
Dr. Walt Wolfram
For more reading and resources check out:
The American Dialect Society:
Dictionary of American Regional English and Field Recordings:
Indigenous North American accents:
African American Language:
New York Latino English:
Appalachian English
North Carolina accent and dialect variation:
Learning the tools and skills needed to be good at teaching or doing accents:
Language variation and education:
Language discrimination and racism:
Lots of accents:

00:00 – Intro
00:28 – Southern Louisiana
01:27 – Miami English
02:48 – New Orleans “Yat”
03:26 – Cajun
04:00 – Texas
05:35 – Oklahoma
06:38 – Ozarks
07:03 – Chicago
07:13 – Northern Cities Vowel Shift
09:27 – St. Louis & Memphis
09:55 – Minnesota
10:47 – Lakota, Dakota, Nakota
12:23 – Iowa
13:05 – The Rockies
13:32 – Utah

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Accent Expert Gives a Tour of U.S. Accents – (Part 2) | WIRED