Northern Cities Shift
Northern Cities Vowel ShiftPlay video
The Northern Cities Vowel shift was mentioned in our reading as characteristic of "burnout" girls as a marker for being "rough". I didn't know what this was so looked it up., this explains it pretty clearly. ps. I assume "bill" is the same William Labov from the New York department store study?
Accent Self-Analysis of a Chicago English SpeakerPlay video
This video is a Chicago English speaker's analysis of their own use of Northern Cities Chain shift and Midwestern variants, showing that even without formal linguistic training, Chicago English speakers are to some degree aware of the ways how they speak is different from standard English.
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]
Speech Accent Archive: ChicagoPlay audio
A speaker from Chicago (English 82) from George Mason University's Speech Accent Archive. a female aged 50. She displays stages 1 and 2, and variably stages 3 and 4, of the Northern Cities Shift.
Texans trying to pronounce Wisconsin city namesPlay video
A fun little video about different pronunciations between Texas and Wisconsin. (note: some of the city names are hard to pronounce for Wisconsinites too).
A 2012 Slate article on the Northern Cities Shift and the diversification of American regional dialects.