Northern Cities Shift

Accent Self-Analysis of a Chicago English Speaker

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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.

Posted by Amber Burns on April 1, 2018

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Accent;
Northern Cities Shift

Tracking Hillary Clinton's use of every American accent east of the Mississippi

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]

Linguistic Maps

A great collection of maps relating to linguistics, from the Indo-European family tree to a map of the NCS!

Posted by Miriam Gölz on November 21, 2014

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Multilingualism;
Northern Cities Shift

Speech Accent Archive: Chicago

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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.

Posted by Kara Becker on September 29, 2014

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Northern Cities;
Northern Cities Shift

Texans trying to pronounce Wisconsin city names

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A fun little video about different pronunciations between Texas and Wisconsin. (note: some of the city names are hard to pronounce for Wisconsinites too).

Posted by Shiloh on September 16, 2014

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Northern Cities;
Texas English;
Accent;
Northern Cities Shift

A Life of Learning: Six People I have Learned From

Text and audio from a 2009 ACLS lecture by William Labov profiling six speakers: Donald Poole from Martha's Vineyard; Jacob Schissel from New York City; Larry Hawthorne from Harlem; Celeste Sullivan from Philadelphia; and Jackie Garopedean from Chicago

Curious City: Chicago Accent

A 2012 interactive story from WBEZ Chicago on the Chicago accent, with sound clips, an interview with linguist Corrinne McCarthy, and an invitation for Chicagoans to submit their own voice samples to the Chicago Accent Database.

Northern Cities Vowel Shift: How Americans in the Great Lakes Are Revolutionizing English

A 2012 Slate article on the Northern Cities Shift and the diversification of American regional dialects.