Accent Expert Gives a Tour of U.S. Accents - (Part One) | WIRED

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Dialect coach Erik Singer takes us on a tour of different accents across English-speaking North America. Erik and a host of other linguists and language experts (Nicole Holliday, Megan Figueroa, Sunn m’Cheaux, and Kalina Newmark), take a look at some of the most interesting and distinct accents around the country.

Host: Erik Singer
Director: Alice Roth
Producer: Alyssa Marino & Erik Singer
Director of Photography Charlie Jordan
Production Manager: Morgan Winters
Editor: Brady Jackson and Justin Sloan
Post Production Manager: Nick Ascanio
Head of Programming for WIRED: Chris Conti
Linguists & Language Experts: Nicole Holliday, Megan Figueroa, Sunn m’Cheaux, & Kalina Newmark
Dialect demonstrations: Amani Dorn
NYC accent demonstration courtesy of La Tasha Stephens
Latinx Light L demonstration courtesy of International Dialects of English Archive
DC accent demonstration courtesy of International Dialects of English Archive
North Carolina accent demonstrations courtesy of The Language & Life Project
Talkin’ Tar Heel, How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina
Special thanks to:
Reg Charging
Zachary Cooper
Justin McBride
Eliza Simpson
James N. Stanford
Pamela Vanderway
Nacole Walker
Dr. Walt Wolfram
International Dialects of English Archive
The Language & Life Project
Talkin’ Tar Heel, How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina

The American Dialect Society:
Dictionary of American Regional English and Field Recordings:
Indigenous North American accents:
African American Language:
New York Latino English:
Appalachian English
North Carolina accent and dialect variation:
Learning the tools and skills needed to be good at teaching or doing accents:
Language variation and education:
Language discrimination and racism:
Other sources for accents:

00:00 - Intro
02:10 - Pilgrims
02:45 - Boston
2:58 - Rhode Island
3:25 - New York City
4:31 - African American English Varieties
7:17 - New York Latino English
8:26 - The On Line
9:27 - DC
10:24 - Pittsburgh
10:55 - Virginia
11:27 - North Carolina
12:00 - Appalachia
13:40 - The Outer Banks
15:19 - Lumbee English
16:02 - "General American"
16:45 - Gullah / Geechee Language & Accent
19:20 - Piney Woods Belt
21:21 - Outro

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Accent Expert Gives a Tour of U.S. Accents - (Part One) | WIRED

  • completely skips over the entire midwest and acts like missouri doesn’t exist 🙄

    Kisame HoshigakiKisame HoshigakiСаат мурун
  • What a great source of representation!

    Elizabeth CochranElizabeth CochranСаат мурун
  • Please don't say "latinex", it sounds silly , specially when you know that Spanish needs a gender distinction in order to make sense.

    Jimmy AJimmy A4 саат мурун
  • That latina american english sounded like cardi b

    aquariusaquarius4 саат мурун
  • Everyone in America: “I don’t have an accent.”

    Vin EllisVin Ellis8 саат мурун
  • latinex people? lol and they claim to be linguists 😂

    金城武金城武11 саат мурун
  • Diphthong sounds like an insult.

    nyangata gamingnyangata gaming14 саат мурун
  • I am a transplanted transplant (Born GA, lived in Florida twice and "grew up" - 10 to 23 - in middle NC) I have been told : you don't have an accent you have a strange accent

    Lizz AlkulaLizz Alkula14 саат мурун
  • I wonder if WIRED knew that Erik would be such a hit when they posted the first video that featured him. I can't get enough!

    Shining Stars FarmShining Stars Farm15 саат мурун
  • Interesting

    Kim wrightKim wright19 саат мурун
  • Im high as balls

    Judge Greg MathisJudge Greg Mathis19 саат мурун
    • lmao same

      Judge Greg MathisJudge Greg Mathis19 саат мурун
  • the only accents that I distinguish: UK English and US English

    GG666GG66620 саат мурун
  • I was on a boat in the Arabian Sea on a scuba dive trip. One of the other divers had a good ear and, though she grew up in a different part of the country, pegged my Bronx accent nearly down to the neighbourhood I grew up in. My daughter kids me about my accent to this day. It's true, you can take the boy out of the Bronx but you can't take the Bronx out of the boy.

    francisco varelafrancisco varela21 саат мурун
  • "Ten tired turtles talk about dentists."

    Joshua EspinalesJoshua Espinales22 саат мурун
  • This video is awesome, lovec

    Pablo RiveraPablo RiveraКүн мурун
  • Great video. But at least 4 of these could have been simplified to “The Matthew McConaughey”

    W8KJRW8KJRКүн мурун
  • Fantastic free video, amazing times.

    Peri PheralPeri PheralКүн мурун
  • You through imitation of the accents so fast I could no grasp them.

    Kyle Reese Incel From The FutureKyle Reese Incel From The FutureКүн мурун
  • I've always liked linguistics.

    Nancy OlsonNancy OlsonКүн мурун
  • I'm very rhotic lol

    Terri mewmew Dash73Terri mewmew Dash73Күн мурун
  • The Boston accent is too clean & doesn’t sound like a Boston accent. Worcester has a terrible accent. Too harsh.

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  • This was amazing. This could be a course I would pay for

    Ben GullyBen GullyКүн мурун
  • Outstanding series!!!

    jdryakjdryakКүн мурун
  • Can Erik not do a non-White accent or is he just afraid of blowback because of his skin colour?

    C. Y. HollanderC. Y. HollanderКүн мурун
  • Really appreciate your thoughtfulness in including other professional voices in your video!

    Epiphannie1Epiphannie1Күн мурун
  • This is terrible- his analysis could be correct, but his performance of these are not good. Had to shut it off.

    Rob FrenchRob FrenchКүн мурун
  • i hate ohio

    Your MomYour MomКүн мурун
    • I hate Michigan soooooo we are in the same boat

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  • so dumb, had to be sure to throw in the "slavery = bad" message there

    Tube GuyTube Guy2 күн мурун
  • for the love of god please do this with other english speaking countries this video was insane🙏

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  • 4:15 that's what i call the stallone accent

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  • Who cares about all these weird places. Talk about Colorado.

    Davy JonesDavy Jones2 күн мурун
  • Austin TX and Raleigh NC HAD regional accents for both white and black communities until top many commiefornian whites invaded.

    astrid vvvastrid vvv2 күн мурун
  • people are stupid enough to need this ? I feel bad for the planet with so many willfully-ignorant people.

    Eric BEric B2 күн мурун
  • @wired, since you're obviously tripping over yourselves to be politically correct I'm wondering if you could explain something. The graphic you post at the 4:50 mark definitely implies that the slave trade only went to North America. Why would you do that? Brazil especially, imported nearly ten million slaves for their coffee commodity.

    Joseph CampeseJoseph Campese2 күн мурун
  • Hearing the Gullah segment makes me want to rewatch Gullah Gullah Island to see if that dialect appeared in the show.

    Andrew LavanAndrew Lavan2 күн мурун
    • ⬆️ Sunn m’Cheaux that is.

      N. AndersonN. AndersonКүн мурун
    • Check out his website and social media, or here on KGworld, for many more great videos about Gullah.

      N. AndersonN. AndersonКүн мурун
  • tfw they say North America but it is actually just about the states ( ͠• ェ ͠• )

    SoulemSoulem2 күн мурун
    • and canada is nothing like america

      Kisame HoshigakiKisame HoshigakiСаат мурун
    • because when people think of america they think of the united states, mexico doesn’t doesn’t even speak english

      Kisame HoshigakiKisame HoshigakiСаат мурун
  • My favorite english accent is when they say, "ey I'm walking here!" and "fuggetaboutit"

    dmaster225dmaster2252 күн мурун
  • I’ve waited so long to finally hear this man speak in different accents, and boy he didn’t disappoint. I seem to have situation in my pants now.

    Alolan Donald TrumpAlolan Donald Trump2 күн мурун
  • That southern example was like nothing I've ever heard except on TV. Although he does do a mean southern accent himself .

    Tracy FrederickTracy Frederick2 күн мурун
  • What is up with background music to a linguistics video?

    PeterPaul175PeterPaul1752 күн мурун
  • I'm just really shocked to hear the trenton accent on here....everytime ppl bring up jersey accents they only reference the harder accent in North jersey.

    Prettyful BrownPrettyful Brown2 күн мурун
  • That’s not a New York City accent, that’s just an Italian accent. How many Italians live in New York City? About 5% of the population? That’s how many New Yorkers talk like that.

    John MoralesJohn Morales3 күн мурун
  • Wow 🤩 I love this 🦋💚🤩🧡💔💙❤️💛

    KrisKris3 күн мурун
  • You can't tell me his New York City doesn't sound like Sylvester Stallone

    AidMcNadeAidMcNade3 күн мурун
  • I would love to hear you do a breakdown of Long Island vs. NYC. Having spent my whole life in both places, some of the differences can be dramatic if you really listen, but also interchangeable. I've noticed myself drift between the two accents depending on who I'm talking to.

    Kia AokiKia Aoki3 күн мурун
  • Black people were sold by other black people. Fact.

    DLø WhösoeverDLø Whösoever3 күн мурун
  • I really like these, the subtle differences in sound is interesting. I only have one pet peeve, he seems to have subscribed to the seemingly common belief that the United States ends at Massachusetts lol

    Terrie HaggeyTerrie Haggey3 күн мурун
  • His name should be Erik talker

    Jacob LaraJacob Lara3 күн мурун
  • the southern accent triggers me sm

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  • 9:10 Did Dennis Reynolds grow a beard?

    0leander4100leander4103 күн мурун
  • Here in Central Connecticut we are surrounded by states with distinct accents without having our own... that and professional sports teams...

    Carl Bruce FroehlichCarl Bruce Froehlich3 күн мурун
  • dont think i mentioned it but im so glad to see what yer doin here with mixing other races into these videos.

    Eric HagenEric Hagen3 күн мурун
  • Mom: Why are you talking to yourself in your room??

    ManWithPantsManWithPants3 күн мурун
  • One thing that I’ve learned is a southerner is if you were raised in the south no matter where you are raised you can go to another southern state and pretty much understand what they’re saying even if your accent is a little bit different

    Justin WinsbroJustin Winsbro3 күн мурун
  • You handled race very well thank you!!

    Brandon BrysonBrandon Bryson3 күн мурун
  • As an non native english speaker and a language student I find this topic the most fascinating

    Harvey HerreraHarvey Herrera3 күн мурун
  • 5:19 they sank Newfoundland and the Isles

    TrippodubhTrippodubh3 күн мурун
  • Can you please do a series on Canada!! In my linguistics course in university I heard that our major cities have the same accent even though we are so far apart (except for Quebec, it's always except Quebec). Growing up in Calgary Alberta I thought I had a very plain accent and then I learned that infact we do! If you could explain this and go over Indigenous accents would be ao fascinating ☺️

    Deanna BanmanDeanna Banman3 күн мурун
  • I know he's an accent expert but the smooth transition is just

    Jet ReyesJet Reyes3 күн мурун
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    Ivan KellyIvan Kelly4 күн мурун
  • also his piney belt accent is way off, he sounds like he watched a couple episodes of house of cards and decided that was the "southern" accent

    Internet ManInternet Man4 күн мурун
  • As a Canadian I'm fascinated that the Virginia dipthong sounds are closest to the Canadian dipthongs.

    Cigar Surgeon ReviewsCigar Surgeon Reviews4 күн мурун
  • I see Erik Singer, I click.

    Blaze InfernusBlaze Infernus4 күн мурун
  • I'm south African. Thanks KGworld algorithm...

    Grey NotesGrey Notes4 күн мурун
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  • I’m a Lumbee who lives in Charleston, SC. This is the best video I’ve ever stumbled upon.

    Autumn DantzlerAutumn Dantzler4 күн мурун
  • I have literally been wondering out loud how accents developed for about six months now. My inner nerd is loving this!

    Vikki BrownVikki Brown4 күн мурун
  • The boston one wasnt that great

    Curtis ToastyPantsCurtis ToastyPants4 күн мурун
  • STOP USING LATINX!! its infuriating !

    father_hezekiahfather_hezekiah4 күн мурун
    • @James Beach Not saying this is 100% true because I'm not going to search for the source but I heard that they don't like or use the term themselves so it really does seem forced on them.

      David SchmidtDavid SchmidtКүн мурун
    • Yeah it's funny how people will talk about respecting cultures but insist on using latinx as it's an American activist academic term foriegn to basically all Latin Amerian countries and Romance languages. It's nearly linguistic imperialism.

      James BeachJames Beach2 күн мурун
  • This makes sense why I said "breafas" instead of "breakfast." I'm Black and never noticed I dropped the end of the word until I went to a dominantly white college and people pointed it out.

    RookInCharge27RookInCharge274 күн мурун
  • He can describe the Pittsburgh accent but can’t imitate it worth a darn. LOL Just look up Pittsburgh Dad for a better representation.

    bookgirl810sbookgirl810s4 күн мурун
  • Um why would you do this to us at 20:55

    FrancesBaconandEggsFrancesBaconandEggs4 күн мурун
  • What about Californians lol

    Dre BrownDre Brown4 күн мурун
  • Minnesota Accents

    Cartier231Cartier2314 күн мурун
  • I wanna hear him talk about Shenandoah Valley, VA

    Kendra KnicelyKendra Knicely4 күн мурун
  • Wtf is latinx

    AnimockAnimock4 күн мурун
  • I love how you fought racism by racially segregating the accents. Kudos!

    Saylor TwiftSaylor Twift5 күн мурун
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    azolot11azolot115 күн мурун
  • I'm no accent expert, but I've spent the vast majority of my life in philly and the philly suburbs. I've never heard anybody pronounce "hoagies" with that goat diphthong

    Justin BonerJustin Boner5 күн мурун
  • Fascinating! Thank you - very enjoyable!!!!

    Finch RestFinch Rest5 күн мурун
  • This is just so informative. I am really pleased to see this video be so inclusive of different races and cultures! Awesome and so informative. Kudos.

    mfehpmfehp5 күн мурун
  • It is a complex topic, I don't know how anyone would take such an in depth interest in this, I couldn't study this stuff, I would drop it. There is not only English that has all these things going on but every language has this complex nature and changes happening, it is a bunch of endless rabbit holes. Go to Guyana if you want to hear a new language. After a few days you will realize they are speaking English. When the cops stop you for speeding say " me a know, me first time a tong" or "I don't know , it's my first time to town" and speaking to your friends " Meh vil gaf vid ya tamara" or "I will talk with you tomorrow." To say "leave it alone" " left it" They didn't understand what I was saying until I was joking around trying to imitate them.

    Jeff GuarinoJeff Guarino5 күн мурун
  • I live in northern Virginia and literally no one I know that lives near me have southern accents

    TJ FletcherTJ Fletcher5 күн мурун
    • In nc we call that Washington DC state

      k yellsk yellsКүн мурун
  • In Connecticut we have mostly a “General American” accent I think, though my teacher also pointed out we eat our Ts in the middle of words. The glottal stop thing?

    FCgrlFCgrl5 күн мурун
    • midwest has the best general american accent

      Kisame HoshigakiKisame HoshigakiСаат мурун
    • CT native...agreed. I also know that some say that we speak quickly too.

      Syndicate1Syndicate12 күн мурун
    • we also strongly say the aw sounds like in caught. I wish he hadn’t skipped CT.

      You’re wasting your timeYou’re wasting your time3 күн мурун
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    Kendra HowellKendra Howell5 күн мурун
  • There are a lot of problems with the subtitles. Pigeon instead of pidgin? Come on...

    John SmithJohn Smith5 күн мурун
  • the okracoke island accent sound like the Letterkenny guys

    LoyalDogProductionsLoyalDogProductions5 күн мурун
  • holy mother of out of focus

    FabianFabian5 күн мурун
  • Having lived in Austin all my life, I always felt like our accent was the most plain vanilla in existence.

    Thomas LarsenThomas Larsen5 күн мурун
  • She’s not even black.

    Raymond HarnackRaymond Harnack5 күн мурун
  • Finally someone brought up the Rhode Island accent.. everyone thinks it’s the same as Boston

    Brendan RathierBrendan Rathier5 күн мурун
  • Canadian raisin(') sounds like a healthy snack.

    Jonna MakkonenJonna Makkonen5 күн мурун
  • Best content on this channel

    Lowkey SykesLowkey Sykes5 күн мурун
  • Pittsburgh Pa. - You don’t know what you missed Eric! 🤣

    Anita BackrubAnita Backrub6 күн мурун
  • omg you butchered Philly. close tho. haha

    anthony domeneanthony domene6 күн мурун
  • I probably needed this when I moved to the US. In high school I got made fun of my accent.

    Ahmed HamidAhmed Hamid6 күн мурун