California English

Californian Shift

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We talked about the Californian and Canadian BAT retraction and SNL does a great job of exaggerating that on their skit, the Californians.

Posted by Tiffany Chang on March 21, 2018

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California English

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (2/10) Movie CLIP - Spicoli Meets Mr. Hand (1982) HD

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Examples of the third dialect in the 1982 movie Fast Times at Ridgemont High.

Posted by Nicole Niesen on December 2, 2017

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California English

R.S.V.P. - Clueless (1/9) Movie CLIP (1995) HD

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Some examples of the third dialect in the 1995 movie Clueless.

Posted by Nicole Niesen on December 2, 2017

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California English

East L.A. speaks from its heart

This article talks more about Chicano English, but with regards to non-Latino speakers who draw upon its features, and how using these features interacts with their own social identity. [Published on 10-24-2014]

Posted by Caroline Bell Wright on April 13, 2016

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California English;
Chicano English;
Race,Ethnicity

West Coast Speech Community

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This is an example of a speech community. In the video, she is referring to the different ways in which her speech community interacts compared to the area she is in now. Her examples should be relatable to many living on the West Coast.

Posted by Jeremy Gutovitz on February 24, 2016

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California English

In Stanford linguistics study, the accent is on how Californians speak

An article in the Sacramento Bee profiling the research of the Voices of California project, which aims to document dialect diversity in California, including understudied areas like the Central Valley, including Sacramento. [Published on 09-05-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on September 7, 2014

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Eckert, Penelope;
California English

Talk of the Town: Dontcha Hear the S.F. Lingo?

A local San Franciscan journalist makes a (not very linguistic) case for a unique San Francisco dialect.

Posted by Kara Becker on March 23, 2014

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California English

Why this bilingual education ban should have been repealed long ago

Sociolinguist Phillip M. Carter makes the case for repealing Proposition 227 in California, which essentially banned bilingual education in the state in 1998.

Posted by Kara Becker on March 5, 2014

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California English;
Spanish;
Education;
Multilingualism

Dude, Where's my Accent?

A 2013 Portland Monthly article on recent research that the California Vowel Shift is used in Oregon English.

The Californians

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A Saturday Night Live skit parodying the California Vowel Shift.

Posted by Kara Becker on June 16, 2013

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California English

Shoes

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The popular YouTube video 'Shoes," which demonstrates a number of California Shifted features, including the fronting of back vowels

"California" Accent

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A short YouTube submission from a native Californian, first in his native accent, then in a hyper-sytlized "California" accent.

Posted on October 2, 2012

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California English;
Accent

California Vowel Shift

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Penny Eckert's representation of Northern California Vowels

Valley Girl: Frank and Moon Zappa

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A performance of Frank Zappa's song "Valley Girl," from the 1980s, featuring his daughter Moon Unit Zappa performing as a valley girl, and utilizing many features of California English.

Posted on October 2, 2012

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California English

The California Accent is Hella a Thing

This 2012 piece on Jezebel describes the voices of California Project currently in progress at Stanford. It includes an embedded clip of the SNL skit "The Californians," and the video "Shoes."

Posted on September 19, 2012

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California English;
Accent

The linguistics of the East L.A. accent

A 2011 interview on Southern California Public radio about the East L.A. accent and Chicano English, with guest Carmen Fought.

Dude: Stanford Linguists Probe California Accent

Penelope Eckert and fellow researchers in California examine how English is spoken and perceived in different cities around the state in efforts to refute the stereotype that California English is accentless and homogenous.