Chain shift

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

How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk: Personal Dialect Map Activity

"What does the way you speak say about where you’re from? Answer all the questions below to see your personal dialect map."

Posted by Sara Mulliner on December 23, 2013

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American English;
Chain shift;
Merger

How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk: Personal Dialect Map Activity

"What does the way you speak say about where you’re from? Answer all the questions below to see your personal dialect map. About This Quiz Most of the questions used in this quiz are based on those in the Harvard Dialect Survey, a linguistics project begun in 2002 by Bert Vaux and Scott Golder. The original questions and results for that survey can be found on Dr. Vaux's current website. The data for the quiz and maps shown here come from over 350,000 survey responses collected from August to October 2013 by Josh Katz, a graphics editor for the New York Times who developed this quiz. The colors on the large heat map correspond to the probability that a randomly selected person in that location would respond to a randomly selected survey question the same way that you did. The three smaller maps show which answer most contributed to those cities being named the most (or least) similar to you."

Posted by Sara Mulliner on December 23, 2013

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American English;
Chain shift;
Merger

Dude, Where's my Accent?

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

"He may be dead"

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A clip from the show Flight of the Conchords where a dialect-based misunderstanding is a source of serious confusion.

Posted by Meredith Tamminga on June 19, 2013

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American English;
New Zealand English;
Chain shift

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

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 Vowel Shift

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Penny Eckert's representation of Northern California Vowels

Northern Cities Shift

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Northern Cities chain shift

Posted on September 25, 2012

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Northern Cities;
Chain shift

SNL: Superfans

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The Saturday Night Live skit "Superfans," which spoofs working-class male Chicagoans and their Northern Cities Shifts.

NPR: American Accent Undergoing Great Vowel Shift

An NPR interview from 2006 with William Labov about the Northern Cities Shift.

Posted on September 15, 2012

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Northern Cities;
Chain shift;
Labov, William