Baltimore English

MSNBC's Thomas Roberts Busts Out His Baltimore Accent

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In this video, a Maryland-born reporter gives an example of "Baltimorese," an accent of English found among many white working-class individuals in the Baltimore metropolitan area. This video also gives an example of language prejudice, as the reporter from Maryland expresses his own dislike for the accent, and the two other reporters mock the accent to some extent. Given that Baltimorese is a working-class accent, this prejudice against the language is likely a proxy for some prejudice against working class people.

Posted by Aidan Malanoski on February 28, 2018

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Baltimore English;
Socioeconomic Status;
Accent;
Stigma;
o fronting

Baltimore Barbie

An SNL skit profiling "Sturdy Barbie," a contender for the new line of Barbies with a working-class, Baltimore accent and persona. [Published on 02-08-2016]

Posted by Kara Becker on February 10, 2016

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Baltimore English;
Socioeconomic Status

Baltimore Accent Discussion: Crabs for Christmas

An NPR tidbit about a Christmas musical that takes its charm from its use of the Baltimore accent. There's some nice discussion of what is indexed by the variety. [Published on 12-24-2014]

Posted by Allesandra Geffen on December 24, 2014

Tags:
Baltimore English;
Socioeconomic Status;
o fronting

Language in Baltimore

Website featuring personal blog posts and podcasts about Baltimorese, including "hon" as an identity marker, and African American identity and Baltimorese.

Posted by Ashley Brandt on December 3, 2014

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Baltimore English

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

Tags:
Enregisterment;
Baltimore English

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

Tags:
Enregisterment;
Baltimore English

Game done changed: A look at selected AAVE features in the TV series The Wire

Article that looks at the features of AAE (and specifically Baltimore AAE) through the lens of The Wire.

Posted by Ashley Brandt on November 17, 2014

Tags:
Baltimore English;
African American English

Dew as You Dew: Baltimore Accent and the Wire

A discussion of the use of both Baltimore English and AAE (author refers to "Baltimore African American English" initially then appears to separate the two concepts) in the television series the Wire, with specific examples of both u-fronting and o-fronting. [Published on 08-15-2012]

Posted by Ashley Brandt on November 17, 2014

Tags:
Baltimore English;
African American English

Kathy Bates' American Horror Story Accent, explained by a linguist

A linguist's response to the internet controversy over actress Kathy Bates' attempt to produce a Baltimore accent on the TV show American Horror Story. [Published on 10-22-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on October 22, 2014

Tags:
Baltimore English;
Accent;
o fronting;
u fronting

"Welcome to Baltimore, Hon!"

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This audio feature is from the Summer 2012 issue of American speech and can be found on their website, www.americanspeech.dukejournals.org, for download. This piece is entitled "Welcome to Baltimore, Hon!" Exploring Hon as a linguistic and identity marker in Baltimore, and is presented by Holly-Catherine Britton and Heidi J. Faust.

Posted on October 2, 2012

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Baltimore English

30 Rock: Maryland /o/ on Overshoppe.com

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A spook of /o/ fronting on 30 Rock

Posted on September 27, 2012

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Baltimore English;
o fronting