Southern English

Reba tries to say "ice"

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Reba tries to say 'chewing ice' in this clip, but because of her Southern dialect (which features aɪ-monopthongization even before voiceless consonants) it comes out as something closer to 'chewing ass'. We briefly came across examples of aɪ-monophthongization in class in the context of Bill Clinton's outburst.

Posted by Isaac Gray on February 27, 2018

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Southern English;
ai monophthongization1

Southern Dialect Pt. 1

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Study of Southern accents - rhotic or “r” pronouncing Mountain Southern, and non-rhotic or “r” dropping Plantation or Tidewater Southern.

Posted by Tiffany Chang on February 5, 2018

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Southern English;
r vocalization

Hillary Clinton's accent evolution (1983–2015)

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A video about one individual, Hillary Clinton's intense and possibly intentional accent changes throughout her life. I thought it was an interesting case study in individual language change, and why someone might want to change the way the speak.

Ideologies and stereotypes of southern english

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Musician performs song explaining ideologies and stereotypes associated with the southern accent and the feelings some speakers have about it.

Posted by Andrew Clark on December 15, 2017

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Standard Language Ideology;
Southern English;
Socioeconomic Status

Comedian Darren Knight aka Southern Momma and the big snow storm

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Comedian Darren Knight's rendition of how southern mothers react to a snow storm in the south.

Posted by Richardson Chickaway on December 13, 2017

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Ideology;
Indexicality;
Southern English

Ed Sheeran tries American Accents

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In this video, British singer Ed Sheeran is asked by a fan during a Q&A session to do his best "American Accent". He goes on to say that he can do three different ones, starting with the "Valley Girl from California" one, then moving to the "Regular" one and ending with the "Southern Draw" one. Since English is obviously one language in and of itself, but different English speaking countries have different accents. For example, Ed has a British English accent. But there are also Australian English accents, Irish English accents, and so on. There are different accents for different parts of the world, but there are also sub-accents in different parts of the same country, as shown here by Mr. Sheeran.

Posted by Lauren Drummond on July 21, 2017

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Southern English;
American English;
British English;
English;
Accent

Do You Speak American?

Scholar and author, John G. Fought, focuses on how different dialect uses around the country affect the pronunciation of words and formation of speech patterns. Fought explains how the history of the United States has shaped language and has helped develop speech communities into what they are today. The media's role in what is considered "American" in regard to language is also described by Fought, touching on its key part in influencing specific dialect in different regions.

Posted by Samantha Blaesing on October 11, 2016

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Ideology;
Southern English;
Perceptual Dialectology;
Communities of Practice

Unapologetically Southern

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In this video, Chad Prather, a man who identifies himself as a Southern Gentleman. "Rants" in defense of his southern "accent" or dialect. Here we can see a man defending his own way of communication against attacks (in the form of social media messages and comments) from people who hold the language ideology that his accent proves that he is not intelligent.

Fred Armisen Can Do Any Southern Accent

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Comedian Fred Armisen walks through various southern accents and distinguishing characteristics.

Posted by Lily Siebert on March 6, 2016

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Southern English;
Accent

Wheel of Fortune: Seven swans a swimmin'

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A contestant on Wheel of Fortune in 2012 solved a puzzle with "Seven swans a swimmin'," and lost the prize money after judges on the show rejected her alveolar pronunciation.

Posted by Kara Becker on January 28, 2016

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Southern English;
Prescriptivism;
ING

How Hillary Clinton's Southern Accent Came Out

A discussion of Hillary Clinton's style-shifting into Southern English, which has been much criticized. [Published on 06-02-2015]

Posted by Kara Becker on July 8, 2015

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Southern English;
Style-shifting;
Politics and Policy

Tracking Hillary Clinton's use of every American accent east of the Mississippi

A series of clips that demonstrate Hillary Clinton's performance of some varieties of American English, particularly Southern English and Northern Cities English (her native variety) [Published on 05-01-2015]

Can "Y'all" Mean Just One Person?

This blog post explores the idea of the singular "y'all". The post entertains the idea that this form of "y'all" comes from a style-shift used around non-Southerners in an attempt to differentiate themselves and assert their identity (similar to Kara's Jersey vowels being more commonly heard outside of Jersey). [Published on 10-03-2014]

Posted by Molly Worden on March 9, 2015

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Southern English;
Style-shifting;
Accent

What linguists say about Kevin Spacey's bizarre Southern accent on House of Cards

Linguists discuss the use (and non-use) of Southern English features by actor Kevin Spacey, who portrays a politician from South Carolina on the TV show House of Cards. [Published on 02-27-2015]

Posted by Kara Becker on February 27, 2015

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Southern English

Paula Deen, Y'all!

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Though it tragically does not contain any olive oil (my favorite thing to hear Paula Deen say), this clip is a really good example of a lot of the features of Southern English we talked about in class. Around 1:25, there's a very clear "nice" that is obviously still a diphthong, indicating that Paula is not from the Appalachian region or northern Texas, where speakers monophthongize before voiceless consonants.

Posted by Miriam Gölz on October 7, 2014

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Southern English;
Chain shift

Henry Cho, Asian American comedian with Southern accent

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Henry Cho is a Korean American comedian from Knoxville, Tennessee. He talks in his act about belonging to certain groups, using his own experiences as a Korean American southern English-speaking person as sources of comedy. The stereotypical cultural correlates of his appearance and his speech may be in conflict for some viewers.

American Tongues: Ice Hole

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An /ai/ monophthongization joke from the documentary American Tongues.

Posted by Kara Becker on September 1, 2014

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Southern English;
ai monophthongization1

Treasured Island

An interactive feature, including a number of audio interviews with native residents, profiling the declining population of Tangiers Island, Va. [Published on 05-11-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on July 22, 2014

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Southern English

Louisiana Accents

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A native of Louisiana demonstrates her understanding of the different accents in her home state, including the Cajun accent and the New Orleans accent.

Posted by Kara Becker on April 21, 2014

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Cajun English;
Southern English

The Grammar Rules Behind 3 Commonly Disparaged Dialects

A 2013 piece highlighting three features of three stigmatized U.S. dialects - a-prefixing in Appalachian English, "liketa" in Southern English, and remote past BIN in African American English

Raleigh has lost its drawl, y'all

A 2013 profile of linguist Robin Dodsworth's research on change away from the Southern Shift in Raleigh, NC.

Posted by Kara Becker on April 8, 2013

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Southern English;
Change

Wheel of Fortune: Seven swans a swimmin'

A contestant on Wheel of Fortune in 2012 solved a puzzle with "Seven swans a swimmin'," and lost the prize money after judges on the show rejected her alveolar pronunciation.

Posted by Kara Becker on February 12, 2013

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Southern English;
ING

When Presidents say "Y'all:" The Strange Story of Dialects in America

A 2013 Atlantic interview with Walt Woflram on dialects and politics.

Southern Shift

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A young female speaker from George Mason University's Speech Accent Archive from Norton, Virginia (English15) who has the Southern Shift.

Posted on October 4, 2012

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Southern English;
Chain shift

NCLLP: Charlotte

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A clip from the documentary Voices of North Carolina on language in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Posted on October 4, 2012

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Southern English;
Change;
NCLLP

Jeff Foxworthy's "redneck" definitions

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Jeff Foxworthy provides Rachel Ray with some "redneck" definitions and illustrates his Southern dialect - he's from Atlanta, Georgia.

NPR: Psychology Behind the Sudden Southern Drawl

A 2006 piece on NPR about Bill Clinton's use of a heavier Southern accent in a moment of anger, with guest Walt Wolfram, who explains the phenomenon of style-shifting.

Racism (Linguistic Profiling) Caught on Tape

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White office manager at Tennessee car rental company makes racist remarks over the phone after wrongly guessing the race of the customer based on linguistic profiling.