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



Dialect coach Erik Singer takes us on a tour of different accents across English-speaking North America. Erik and a host of other linguists and language experts (Nicole Holliday, Megan Figuero, Sunn m’Cheaux, & Kalina Newmark), take 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
Director of Photography Charlie Jordan
Production Manager: Morgan Winters
Editor: Brady Jackson and Justin Sloan
Post Production Manager: Nick Ascanio
Head of Programming for WIRED: Chris Conti
Linguists & Language Experts: Nicole Holliday, Megan Figuero, Sunn m’Cheaux, & Kalina Newmark
Dialect demonstrations: Amani Dorn
NYC accent demonstration courtesy of La Tasha Stephens
Latinx Light L demonstration courtesy of International Dialects of English Archive
DC accent demonstration courtesy of International Dialects of English Archive
North Carolina accent demonstrations courtesy of The Language & Life Project
Talkin’ Tar Heel, How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina
Special thanks to:
Reg Charging
Zachary Cooper
Justin McBride
Eliza Simpson
James N. Stanford
Pamela Vanderway
Nacole Walker
Dr. Walt Wolfram
International Dialects of English Archive
The Language & Life Project
Talkin’ Tar Heel, How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina

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:

Other sources for accents:

00:00 – Intro
02:10 – Pilgrims
02:45 – Boston
2:58 – Rhode Island
3:25 – New York City
4:31 – African American English Varieties
7:17 – New York Latino English
8:26 – The On Line
9:27 – DC
10:24 – Pittsburgh
10:55 – Virginia
11:27 – North Carolina
12:00 – Appalachia
13:40 – The Outer Banks
15:19 – Lumbee English
16:02 – “General American”
16:45 – Gullah / Geechee Language & Accent
19:20 – Piney Woods Belt
21:21 – Outro

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26 thoughts on “Accent Expert Gives a Tour of U.S. Accents – (Part One) | WIRED

  1. DAMIEN BARRETT says:

    Really hoping he gets into the difference between NYC and the rest of us in Upstate New York. Not saying they aren't peppered through our area but the majority of people who speak with that hard city accent are either transplants or guys who think their "Italian heritage" is a personality. The rest of us have an almost indistinguishable/general American accent.

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