African-American English in North CarolinaPlay video
African American North Carolinians discuss their use of language, touching on style-shifting, communities of practice, phonology, history of language, etc. Lots of metalinguistic commentary and great speakers. "Segment on African American English and its role in the lives and identities of African Americans in North Carolina. Excerpt from from the documentary "Voices of North Carolina""
US Language AttitudesPlay video
Linguist on a train asks people about their language attitudes and what regions they think speak more correctly.
Never Insult a Queer Person on TV, or Else - Bob The Drag Queen - Live from AustinPlay video
This is a clip of Bob The Drag Queen doing standup comedy in Austin, TX, talking about being queer, as well as winning reality TV shows and family. Artifact 1 of 2 for an analysis of monophthongal vs diphthongal /ai/, following Rahman (2007)'s research on /ai/ variation in African American Language in narrative comedy. This clip was compared with Artifact 2 (The X Change Rate: Bob the Drag Queen https://youtu.be/brFvTNTUtSM?t=1271), which is a talk-show on which Bob is being interviewed by a close friend and fellow drag queen, who is also a speaker of AAL.
Dave Chappelle Stand-Up Monologue - SNLPlay video
Video of comedian Dave Chappelle's stand-up monologue from his time hosting SNL in November 2020.
Larry the Cable Guy: My fake southern accentPlay video
Larry the Cable Guy explains where he picked up his southern accent and gives examples of code-switching.
Reba tries to say "ice"Play video
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.
Southern Dialect Pt. 1Play video
Study of Southern accents - rhotic or “r” pronouncing Mountain Southern, and non-rhotic or “r” dropping Plantation or Tidewater Southern.
Ideologies and stereotypes of southern englishPlay video
Musician performs song explaining ideologies and stereotypes associated with the southern accent and the feelings some speakers have about it.
Comedian Darren Knight aka Southern Momma and the big snow stormPlay video
Comedian Darren Knight's rendition of how southern mothers react to a snow storm in the south.
Ed Sheeran tries American AccentsPlay video
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.
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.
Sh%t Southern Women Say, Episode 1Play video
This comical satire highlights common phrases and slang frequently used by southern women. These iconic sayings can also index their southern roots.
Unapologetically SouthernPlay video
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 AccentPlay video
Comedian Fred Armisen walks through various southern accents and distinguishing characteristics.
President Bill Clinton Grand Jury testimony: Meaning of the word "is"Play video
What do words mean? It depends on how you think about it.
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]
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]
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]
Paula Deen, Y'all!Play video
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.
American Tongues: Ice HolePlay video
An /ai/ monophthongization joke from the documentary American Tongues.
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]
Louisiana AccentsPlay video
A native of Louisiana demonstrates her understanding of the different accents in her home state, including the Cajun accent and the New Orleans accent.
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
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.
A 2013 Atlantic interview with Walt Woflram on dialects and politics.
Southern ShiftPlay audio
A young female speaker from George Mason University's Speech Accent Archive from Norton, Virginia (English15) who has the Southern Shift.
eNCLLP: CharlottePlay video
A clip from the documentary Voices of North Carolina on language in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Jeff Foxworthy's "redneck" definitionsPlay video
Jeff Foxworthy provides Rachel Ray with some "redneck" definitions and illustrates his Southern dialect - he's from Atlanta, Georgia.
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 TapePlay video
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.