Pacific Northwest English

Do Pacific Northwesterners have an Accent?

A local NPR story (audio and text) on the Pacific Northwest Accent, profiling the research of Alicia Wassink and colleagues at the University of Washington. [Published on 12-11-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on December 19, 2014

Standard Language Ideology;
Pacific Northwest English

Can you pick out the Northwest accent? (And yes, we have one!)

An article asking "Think we don’t have an accent here in the Pacific Northwest?" These reporters assert that "Scientists say we do, in fact, have an accent, though our native ears may not always pick up on it." They include audio clips of three people saying the same sentence, and they offer "tell-tale signs of the Northwest accent." [Published on 10-15-2014]

Posted by Robin Tovey on October 16, 2014

Pacific Northwest English;

Dude, Where's my Accent?

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

Bill Gates and the Pacific Northwest Accent

A blog post that includes a clip of Bill Gates, a native of Washington state, and attempts to dissect his Pacific Northwest accent.

Posted on September 19, 2012

Pacific Northwest English