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Denzel Washington - Dillard commencement speech

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Video of a commencement address delivered by Denzel Washington at Dillard University in May 2015. Compare to Washington's commencement address given at the University of Pennsylvania in 2011. Washington is an African American actor and director from New York who is a native speaker of AAE. Dillard University is a small, private, historically black university in New Orleans. Over 90% of the Dillard student body is black. Used for /ai/ monophthongization project for Reed AAE class Spring 2018.

Posted by Oskar Soderberg on March 14, 2018

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African American English;
Variation;
ai monophthongization1

Denzel Washington - Penn commencement speech

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Video of commencement speech delivered by Denzel Washington at the University of Pennsylvania in May 2011. Compare to commencement speech given at Dillard University in May 2015. Washington is an African American actor and director from New York who is a native speaker of AAE. The University of Pennsylvania is a large Ivy League university located in Philadelphia. White students make up a relative majority of the Penn student body. Used for /ai/ monophthongization project in Reed College AAE class Spring 2018.

Posted by Oskar Soderberg on March 14, 2018

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African American English;
Variation;
ai monophthongization1

Jesse Williams' Speech (BET Awards 2016)

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Popular speech upon receiving the BET Humanitarian award. Example of black preacher style by biracial speaker.

The Newest 'Grey's Anatomy' Hunk, Jesse Williams

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Jesse William's interview with Ellen on the Ellen Show in 2010, marking usage of African American Language.

Reba tries to say "ice"

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Reba tries to say 'chewing ice' in this clip, but because of her Southern dialect (which features aɪ-monopthongization even before voiceless consonants) it comes out as something closer to 'chewing ass'. We briefly came across examples of aɪ-monophthongization in class in the context of Bill Clinton's outburst.

Posted by Isaac Gray on February 27, 2018

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Southern English;
ai monophthongization1

Clinton's drawl, Trump's 'yuuge' N.Y. accent and campaign 'code-switching'

The article discusses several politicians' adressee-based style shifting while speaking to different groups of people. Gives an example of monophthongization from Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama using elements of AAE. The article also talks about differences between the styles of Jeb Bush and George W. Bush. [Published on 03-05-2016]

Assault Swim

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Jessica Williams reports on a Texas pool party that ended with police assaulting a group of young black teenagers.

Posted by Sami Peterson on October 17, 2015

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African American English;
ai monophthongization1

Empire "Without a Country"

Season 2, Episode 2 of Empire. A family drama about a record company, Empire focuses on the Lyon family, who are African-American; much of the dialog is heavy on AAE features. The relatively consistent in-group setting sets up some potentially interesting controlled differences in style by topic and persona.

American Tongues: Ice Hole

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An /ai/ monophthongization joke from the documentary American Tongues.

Posted by Kara Becker on September 1, 2014

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Southern English;
ai monophthongization1

Listen: How to Speak with a certain Southern Twang

Walt Wolfram discusses the Appalachian variety in North Carolina in an audio clip for North Carolina public radio, including features like [Published on 06-09-2014]