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The King 2 Hearts

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The part I'm interested in is about 51:10-53.00. This South Korean drama features a fictional South Korean prince who falls in love with a North Korean Special Forces soldier (Kim Hangah). This is the end of the last episode, and in this clip, their son says "Mother" in a North Korean accent. In a change from earlier in the series, the rest of the royal family is supportive, whereas earlier they regularly criticized Hangah for her North Korean accent and vocabulary. Towards the end of this selection, the king's advisor tells him the foreign press is making a big deal out of it because they consider North Korean a "dialect" instead of a language. There's some interesting social commentary on North Korean versus South Korean language throughout the rest of the series too, especially when Hangah pretends not to know South Korean slang or English and fools the prince, who assumes that a North Korean wouldn't know (forgetting that she is a Special Forces Intelligence Officer).

What Makes a Dialect a Dialect: The Roots of Upper Peninsula English

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History and development of English in Michigan's Upper Peninsula, a regional dialect also known as Yooper.

International Art English

This article explores the linguistic features of a highly stylized register of English called 'International Art English'. Looking at a corpus of words taken from e-flux, an art publishing platform, Rule and Levine explore the history, vocabulary, and syntax of IAE. I think that this article not only showed the ways in which IAE was used to enforce the boundaries of the art world, but also showed how writers (speakers?) of IAE actively used it to construct a persona for themselves that drew upon stylistic features to reinforce relevant and desirable traits. They noted that IAE users used it to "signal the assimilation of a powerful kind of critical sensibility, one that was rigorous, politically conscious, probably university trained." This meshes well with the Eckert's belief that third-wave variationist papers focus on variation as the result of "lifelong projects of self-construction and differentiation." (Eckert 2012) by highly agentic speakers.

Posted by Isaac Gray on April 3, 2018

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Key & Peele: School Bully

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Comedians Key and Peele act out a skit vocalizing the true thoughts and meanings behind the stereotypical school bully threats and phrases. While humorous, the skit displays how one’s words and language can be used to hurt, secretly signal one’s own emotions, and even the stereotyping of bullies and the struggles that lead to their outward aggression.

Posted by Josh Lewis on January 7, 2018

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Baltimorese

Section of a Baltimore family's personal website that lists lexical items with Baltimorese pronunciations (demonstrates some phonological features). Includes a few sound files.

Posted by Ashley Brandt on December 3, 2014

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Lexicon of Baltimorese

List of lexical items considered unique to Baltimorese, includes some altered spellings to demonstrate phonological features.

Posted by Ashley Brandt on December 3, 2014

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www.Pittsburghese.com

The official website of "Pittsburghese." Citation: Johnstone. 2009. American Speech. Pittsburghese Shirts.