Northern Cities

Fargo - Chit Chat

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Having experiences traveling around the country, many people find Minnesotan accents to be a novelty. In this clip from the movie "Fargo", two Minnesotan men are discussing a recent homicide in the town. The example does a great job of portraying the conversational mannerisms and (overwhelmingly polite, questioning, not all that descriptive, and full of town references) and linguistic relativity that one finds in Minnesota, North Dakota, and Wisconsin.

Posted by Brighid Hegarty on June 29, 2018

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Variation;
Accent;
Linguistic Relativity

Speech Accent Archive: Chicago

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A speaker from Chicago (English 82) from George Mason University's Speech Accent Archive. a female aged 50. She displays stages 1 and 2, and variably stages 3 and 4, of the Northern Cities Shift.

Posted by Kara Becker on September 29, 2014

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Northern Cities Shift

Texans trying to pronounce Wisconsin city names

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A fun little video about different pronunciations between Texas and Wisconsin. (note: some of the city names are hard to pronounce for Wisconsinites too).

Posted by Shiloh on September 16, 2014

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Texas English;
Accent;
Northern Cities Shift

Curious City: Chicago Accent

A 2012 interactive story from WBEZ Chicago on the Chicago accent, with sound clips, an interview with linguist Corrinne McCarthy, and an invitation for Chicagoans to submit their own voice samples to the Chicago Accent Database.

Northern Cities Shift

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Northern Cities chain shift

Posted on September 25, 2012

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Chain shift

SNL: Superfans

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The Saturday Night Live skit "Superfans," which spoofs working-class male Chicagoans and their Northern Cities Shifts.

NPR: American Accent Undergoing Great Vowel Shift

An NPR interview from 2006 with William Labov about the Northern Cities Shift.

Posted on September 15, 2012

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Chain shift;
Labov, William

Northern Cities Vowel Shift: How Americans in the Great Lakes Are Revolutionizing English

A 2012 Slate article on the Northern Cities Shift and the diversification of American regional dialects.