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Video: Regional Accents in the US

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Department
Anthropology
Course
ANTHR101
Professor
Francois Larose
Semester
Fall

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Regional Accents in the US • Some of the most remote places (mountains, islands) have very distinctive accents o E.g. Tangiers • In the US, the accents came from the first settlers. Different settlers settled in different areas on the East coast, and then spread west. • Farther west there is less regional distinction, more blending • Geographical feature (e.g. Connecticut River) barriers to accents. • Made up of subtle, cultural aspects, rhythms, tonal pauses, pauses o Appalachian: Strong emphasis on the individual, so they are long in coming to the point. o Westerners feel their speech/social rules are very frank and forthright • Foreign languages left their mark: eg. French/English – Cajun • People often have different words for the same thing.
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