Accommodation

Chardjou dialect of Turkmen

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Indexicality of a tribal affiliation through use of code switching from Chardjou dialect to Russian.

Posted by Ylham Jorayev on May 11, 2018

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Indexicality;
Accommodation;
Race,Ethnicity

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.

This Is How I talk SNL Skit

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This is a skit from SNL in which Donald is a new employee at Sprint. The video starts off with him talking in his normal voice to his other coworkers and then his boss comes in and starts talking in African American slang. After she walks away, Donald starts impersonating the way she speaks and she walks back by and hears his impersonation. In order to not get fired, Donald talks that same way every time she’s around so she thinks that’s just the way he talks. Every time his boss would walk by, he would accommodate his speech style by shifting from his normal voice to African American slang.

Posted by Brittany Outler on October 9, 2017

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Performativity;
African American English;
Accommodation;
Style-shifting

Vladimir Putin Speaks English for the International Expositions Bureau

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This artifact shows Russia´s president Vladimir Putin welcoming the members of the 2013 International Exhibitions Bureau while speaking entirely in English. Putin usually avoids speaking in English even though he is known for knowing enough English to even correct his translators. Speaking English in this welcome video shows his appreciation and respect to the members and guests of the exhibition.

Posted by Giovanni Artavia on July 27, 2017

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Performativity;
Power;
English;
Accommodation;
Multilingualism

Key and Peele- Job Interview

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In this video, the scene depicts a situation where Jordan Peele is acting out as a guy waiting to go into an interview for a new job. Peele hears laughing from the room where the interview is going on, and Peele sees the boss and the other potential new employee get along well. Peele at the end of the video changes his behavior and becomes more eccentric and outgoing.

Posted by Caroline Kane on June 27, 2017

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Performativity;
Accommodation

Trying American

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In this scene Daphne shares her frustration with how people react to her accent. This demonstrates how different accents and dialects index social identity, eliciting feelings and reactions sometimes unwanted by the speaker. These interactions may influence future discourse practices.

Posted by Crystal Ronduelas on June 27, 2017

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Indexicality;
Accommodation

Why Germans Can Say Things No One Else Can

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This video talks about language and it's ability to allow for thought, emotion, and the expression of feelings. It talks specifically about the German language and how they have a wide variety of words they can use to better describe a situation or feeling other languages might not be able to do as effectively. It explains many examples of this, along with the appropriate meaning in English. Having a different set of words to think with and use allows for a wide variety of unique knowledge one can obtain. This video just scratches the surface of the importance of language, and how language in our lives can change the way we think and interpret the world around us.

Massive Online Community Collaboration: Reddit's "Place" Experiment

Reddit did an experiment on April 1st 2017 involving a blank canvas where users of the popular forum site could collaborate within a structure of only a few rules. The rules were simple, take a pixel of any color out of 16 choices, and place it on the blank canvas, then wait 5 minutes before placing another, single pixel. The experiment was literally titled "Place.” The experiment itself was not a linguistic one, but due to the nature of open forum as well as the Reddit community structure, we see a manifestation of linguistic practice on a grand scale. Place was only open for seventy-two hours, and the limit of one pixel every five minutes per user meant that people had to come together en mass to create the grand masterpiece that ultimately ensued. What we see is a massive community of practice coming together to discuss, and make decisions based upon both shared, and conflicting ideologies as to what should be done to the canvas. A war between the color red, and the color blue began, until green swooped in as well, and collaborators had to decide whether or not to cover the canvas in one color, or allow the art that other collaborative groups were creating to maintain its existence. Not to mention the shear existence of an artistic rendering in Place means massive collaboration within other forums had to exist first, no one person could possibly make a complex rendering come to fruition without the help of many, possibly hundreds of other people. Therefore, communication was rampant, and for seventy-two hours people who would typically avoid each other, or otherwise attempt to rip each other apart, as is the nature of the Internet, came together to put aside ideology for a moment in order to create something beautiful. [Published on 04-16-2017]

John Oliver and Jimmy Fallon Talk Accents

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There are a few instances in this video that relate to or bring up some sort of sociolinguistic/sociocultural linguistic norm or topic, but the main one that sticks out comes up at about 1:00, a minute into the video. John Oliver, who is an English comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, media critic, and television host of the HBO political talk show Last Week Tonight with John Oliver. He is asked about his 18-month-old son and whether or not he will have an English accent or not. Oliver goes on for a bit poking fun at American accents after explaining that his son will most likely NOT have an English accent, where he jokingly says, when talking to Tonight Show host Jimmy Fallon who has an American Accent, "the way you make words sound hurts my ears", and when explaining how he will speak in a different manner, he again jokingly says he will be speaking "worse". The main example he presents though is at the 1:50 minute mark when talking about the difference between American and English accents and whether it makes it harder to communicate in America. Oliver goes on to explain that for people without an American accent, automated machines are a "real problem". He jokingly makes a comparison in which he says when dealing with automated machine people without American accents are "battered down into submission by the machine until you talk like a sedated John Wayne" after which he does an impression of...a sedated John Wayne, in which he speaks with a stereotypical American accent. This last bit is very interesting because even though he talks about it in joking, light-hearted manner, he brings up strong evidence for people without American accents being "battered down into submission" to not use their accents. In these situations, people without American accents are forced to accommodate their speech and change it to sound more American which also relates to Style-Shifting. To me, there is also a slight bit of globalization too in a similar way to what I just mentioned. It is most likely indirectly but it is pushing towards just a plain American accent to be used.

Posted by Hayden Balduf on May 2, 2017

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Accommodation;
Style-shifting;
Accent;
Globalization

Hillary Clinton - Southern Accent

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In this clip from an interview with the South Carolina Democratic Chairman, Jaime Harrison, Hillary Clinton accommodates her speech style by speaking with a Southern accent. The accent is a speech style that only appears in speeches with Southern audiences.

Posted by Callie Hawkins on March 8, 2017

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Performativity;
Accommodation;
Style-shifting;
Accent

New Girl - Schmidt & Winston Crack Scene

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In this scene, Schmidt tries to help Winston stay true to himself, and Winston suggests they can do this by getting cocaine. Schmidt tries to accommodate Winston by going to a rougher neighborhood. Schmidt tries to fit into the situation at hand, albeit often unsuccessfully, but his linguistic style-shifting is most apparent as he tries to get the "drug dealer's" attention.

Posted by Logan Bannister on March 5, 2017

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Accommodation;
Style-shifting;
Race,Ethnicity;
Socioeconomic Status

Plan Now to Avoid Post - Brexit Languages Crisis

There is a focus right now on the education system of the UK, with areas most at risk being language performance. If a crisis was to emerge in language performance from the UK split areas of official practice; such as trade, could be jeopardized. There are plans as of right now to push and ensure the emphasis on particularly language skills to ensure the enhancement post Brexit. This plan includes residency and a national plan to better primary education to even the post graduate level. With the quality of education slipping in the UK as it is, and a nation wide crisis within the linguistics field, the Brexit could only worsen the matter with children potentially receiving a lacking education. The goal of these reforms and education plan is to ensure a quality education to students at all levels, and hopefully encourage the emergence of language skill teachers and even linguistics majors. [Published on 10-16-2016]

Why I love living in a multilingual town

This article is about a young woman who studied abroad in South Tyrol, a German speaking province in Northern Italy. She speaks about her experiences living in a town that speaks both German and Italian. She says that using both languages every day while she was there gave her confidence.

Posted by Chrissy McLeod on October 14, 2016

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German;
Accommodation;
Language Shift;
Multilingualism

The Importance of Code Switching

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Edward Moore explains the importance of Code Switching for success. He emphasizes that people of color need to know how to function in different environments. From "the block" to the board room.

An English Language Cop

This is a clip from Larry David's Curb Your Enthusiasm. Larry David corrects Richard Lewis' speech. Richard says, "in their private homes," and Larry corrects him with , "the privacy of their homes?" Larry David's correction displays language ideology because there was no misunderstanding, he was just being, as Richard Lewis points out, "an English language cop." Then, Larry notes that Richard utters the word "collapse" in the same way he does. It makes sense that these two would speak with the same dialect or accent since they are lifelong friends and both from New York City. When this is brought to Richard's attention, he denies sharing this with Larry and pronounces "collapse" according to Standard American English. [Published on 01-05-2015]

Ted Cruz para Presidente

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This video is of a campaign advertisement for Ted Cruz. who was running for president as a Republican. As someone who has been quoted as saying that Spanish speakers live in a "language ghetto", this can be seen as an example of Hispandering. Since the ad is entirely in Spanish, Cruz was trying to gain acceptance and furthermore the vote from those in the Hispanic, Spanish-speaking communities.

Posted by Gabriella Novello on July 29, 2016

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Spanish;
Accommodation;
Race,Ethnicity

3 Types of English

This TedTalk features Jamila Lyiscott, who describes the "three Englishes" she speaks on a daily basis, which is determined by her surrounding environment and who she is with. Her detailed breakdown of the different "tongues" she speaks shows the correlation between language, culture, and race, as well as how society and culture effect language acquisition/usage. [Published on 02-01-2014]

Facebook Wants to Build a Glossary of New Slang

With the rise of social media in our everyday lives where traditional language conventions are not always used, there have been new forms of slang and internet slang coming about daily. This article shows how Facebook wants to detect the uses of slang on their website and create a dictionary to give meaning to all of these new words. This technology will attempt to predict cool slang words before they are “cool”.

Posted by Matt McLaughlin on March 11, 2016

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Standard Language Ideology;
Accommodation;
Linguistic Relativity;
Slang

Rather Be ASL Cover Music Video

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A teacher, Brittany Adams, creates her own version of popular music videos using American Sign Language (ASL) as a way to connect with her students and make learning enjoyable and fun, as well as raise awareness in hopes that others will want to learn ASL as a way to communicate.

5th Grade Class Starts American Sign Language Club to Better Communicate with Deaf Classmate

Students at an elementary school in Illinois have started learning ASL signs to communicate with a hearing-impaired student in their class. [Published on 02-25-2016]

Posted by Jamie Schnee on March 4, 2016

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American Sign Language;
Accommodation;
Crossing;
Acquisition;
Merger;
Youth

The Language of Love: Word Usage Predicts Romantic Attraction

Melinda Wenner Moyer discusses research that suggests people who use similar function words, or more likely to end up in long term relationships. Furthermore, the article discusses whether or not people are more likely to be attracted to those who already talk like them or if people change their language to match the people they really like. [Published on 05-11-2011]

Posted by Jared Nietfeld on March 1, 2016

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Accommodation

The "White Voice" of Radio

This clip points out the style-shifting of the particular speaker, and attributes it to race, performativity, and accommodation to his audience. [Published on 02-02-2015]

Posted by Jamie Schnee on February 27, 2016

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Performativity;
Accommodation;
Style-shifting;
Race,Ethnicity

Don't get mad when transplants copy how you talk

An Atlantic article about regional dialect acquisition or accommodation in North America., with quotes from Kirk Hazen and Jen Nycz. [Published on 02-19-2016]

Posted by Kara Becker on February 23, 2016

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American English;
Accommodation

The Linguistics of YouTube Voice

This article focuses on YouTube stars, and how they capture a viewer's attention by changing their speech and accommodating to their audience. [Published on 12-07-2015]

Posted by Jamie Schnee on February 21, 2016

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Accommodation;
Style-shifting;
Change;
Variation

NPR: Our use of hidden words

An NPR story on the work of psychologist James Pennebaker, who uses computers to track the use of function words and pronouns in spoken corpora, illustrating the process of accommodation. [Published on 09-01-2014]

Posted by Kara Becker on September 1, 2014

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Accommodation;
Pronouns