Accent Expert Gives a Tour of U.S. Accents - (Part 2) | WIRED

Dialect coach Erik Singer once again takes us on a tour of different accents across English-speaking North America. Erik, along with a host of other linguists and language experts, takes a look at some of the most interesting and distinct accents around the country.

Host: Erik Singer
Director: Alice Roth
Producer: Alyssa Marino \u0026 Erik Singer
DP: Charlie Jordan
Production Manager: Morgan Winters
Editor: Estan Esparza
Post Production Manager: Nick Ascanio
Head of Programming for WIRED: Chris Conti
Linguists: Nicole Holliday, Megan Figueroa, Sunn m’Cheaux, \u0026 Kalina Newmark
Dialect demonstrations: Amani Dorn
Oklahoma Indeginous Accent demonstration courtesy of Dennis Sixkiller
Miami English Demonstration courtesy of Christopher Mendoza
Native Lakota Accent Demonstration courtesy of Reg Charging
Special thanks to:
Pamela Vanderway
Eliza Simpson
James N. Stanford
Nacole Walker
Justin McBride
Zachary Cooper
Reg Charging
International Dialects of English Archive
The Language \u0026 Life Project
Talkin’ Tar Heel, How Our Voices Tell the Story of North Carolina
Dr. Walt Wolfram
For more reading and resources check out:
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:
Lots of accents:

00:00 - Intro
00:28 - Southern Louisiana
01:27 - Miami English
02:48 - New Orleans “Yat”
03:26 - Cajun
04:00 - Texas
05:35 - Oklahoma
06:38 - Ozarks
07:03 - Chicago
07:13 - Northern Cities Vowel Shift
09:27 - St. Louis \u0026 Memphis
09:55 - Minnesota
10:47 - Lakota, Dakota, Nakota
12:23 - Iowa
13:05 - The Rockies
13:32 - Utah

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Accent Expert Gives a Tour of U.S. Accents - (Part 2) | WIRED




  • Glottalized medial T is the default pronunciation of mountain, fountain, or button in Montana as well-Montana Native.

    Warrior-ScholarWarrior-Scholar5 timer siden
  • im native and southern the accent here is weird its Carolina and rez,

    Wyatt NotearpWyatt Notearp8 timer siden
  • Nobody says latinx.

    Max MatthewsMax Matthews15 timer siden
  • The accent that Erik is describing as indicative of Chicago, is rapidly dying out. I don't speak remotely like that, and I live in Chicago. No one I know speaks with that rather stereotyped "South Side/SNL" accent. He nails Minnesota/Northern Wisconsin. Wisconsinites do say "melk" for "milk", as well.

    Ted PertzbornTed Pertzborn20 timer siden
  • I grew up in Chicago. The vowel descriptions here are very accurate. I think his emphasis on using D to replace a T is a bit of an exaggeration famously portrayed in the classic SNL “Da Bears” sketch and is still heard in some blue collar neighborhoods and construction sites. It’s certainly a go to if I’m trying to put on the thickest Chicago accent I can for fun, but not widely heard throughout the city and suburbs. I think Chicago sports reporter David Kaplan has a quintessential version of the accent that reminds me of so many people I grew up around.

    Rise of the Bon3Rise of the Bon3Dag siden
  • i am French and I think I have never been more interested in a video omg

    Hugo JuliaHugo JuliaDag siden
  • Also I’ve always wondered why I don’t have a Texas accent !! I was born and raised here ! Never lived anywhere else ! I don’t understand 😕

    Jordinho CharlesJordinho Charles2 dager siden
  • I see the flags baby 🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷

    Jordinho CharlesJordinho Charles2 dager siden
  • 1:45 can u skip the dumbass wokeness and just get to the interesting accent facts 😴🙄

    ppikmeppikme2 dager siden
  • Okay wait i live in southeastern wisconsin and have lived there my whole life and ive never heard this vowel shifting at all. I say: bayg (bag), cat, haht (hot), etc. Ive literally never heard anyone talk like how he was

    Emma JaworskiEmma Jaworski4 dager siden
  • I cringed 😬 at cat in the bag

    relmons92relmons924 dager siden
  • It’s so awesome that you can learn not only about accents but also about white imperialism, all in one video

    RufusMCRufusMC6 dager siden
  • Cajun accent was a big fail No one but a Cajun can do it

    Empress LilithEmpress Lilith6 dager siden
  • Don’t forget that in Louisiana the oi sound turns into an r😂 so instead of boil or oil , they’ll say burl and url 😂😂

    Britteniee VictoriaBritteniee Victoria7 dager siden
  • As usual Nebraska was completely ignored lol

    David 402David 4028 dager siden
  • Just coming here to say I live in Seattle and say milk like melk and mountain and button with that jump in the middle. So it’s definitely not just in Utah and definitely moving a lot if it’s made it up here lol

    Courtney SolsberryCourtney Solsberry9 dager siden
  • The Minnesota accent has always struck me as sounding a bit like my own Welsh accent and now I know why. I pronounce face and goat as monophthongs too.

    Emily RoseEmily Rose9 dager siden
  • I want a whole video on the midwest phase "Ope, sorry, just gonna squeeze by you real quick."

    Quincy VegaQuincy Vega10 dager siden
    • ​@Kaitlyn Oddie as a Canadian, I'm here to ask You mean to tell me that's not a phrase everywhere in the west? I thought it was standard

      White Face “Phillip” #513White Face “Phillip” #51322 timer siden
    • midwesterners canadians 🤝 “lemme just squeeze right past ya”

      Kaitlyn OddieKaitlyn Oddie8 dager siden
  • Someone could be a serial killer but if they have a strong dakota/minnesota accent I immediately smile and completely trust them. 😋

    Vada VooVada Voo10 dager siden
  • Video is great, but don't use the therm latinex that's not a thing

    J TJ T10 dager siden
  • Wtf is up with lantinx it sounds like a part of the body, like larynx

    Carlos ChorriCarlos Chorri10 dager siden
  • The only time I ever hear people pronounce "Chicago" like you think people here say the word is in videos like this. Sure, I'm sure someone in Chicago talks like that, but you seem to do research for your videos.

    Kenneth SolansKenneth Solans11 dager siden
  • I don't recall yall ever asking Hispanic people if they'd like to be called Latinx even though it breaks the rules of their language. You just started projecting your American ideology on them whether they like it or not. That's what you might call colonization.

    catfishrob1catfishrob111 dager siden
  • Stopped the video at "latinx"... 🙄

    Sal MonellaSal Monella11 dager siden
  • Latinx isn’t a thing

    Speeed WagounSpeeed Wagoun12 dager siden
  • Me as a Chicagoan looking at the Chicago part having my mind blown. Nothing has changed for me! Weird!

    Lexi CobbLexi Cobb12 dager siden
  • WTF is “Latinx”? I told my Colombian wife that they are using it in the US and she was deeply offended. Why are these f-ckers toying with an ancient language?

    j.d. r.j.d. r.12 dager siden
  • They are just going to skip the way AA speak on the south side of Chicago and in New Orleans?

    E. TemuruE. Temuru12 dager siden
  • What the point of using made up crap like LATINX if you're just going to use latino seconds after? It's Latin. It's just Latin as majority of us normal folk don't subscribe to being labeled as some knock off sounding smartphone.

    Patriotic CatPatriotic Cat13 dager siden
  • I almost switch the channel on you when she came on saying Latin X there's no such thing as a Latin X what an idiot

    richard ordonezrichard ordonez14 dager siden
  • You could do an entire episode on the Midwest, which was kind of sloughed over in this series. St. Louis sounds fairly similar to Chicago, but Kansas City is far more Ozarkish. Paths of migration play a large role.

    Siobhan OnavonSiobhan Onavon14 dager siden
  • The glottal stop is very common in CO as well, at least for me, my family, and everyone I know. I do not say "t"s hardly at all, even for names like Martin. Definitely not in fountain, mountain, etc. Definitely not just Utah or parts of CA.

    Anne HeckerAnne Hecker14 dager siden
  • “Latinx” don’t call me that

    Pablo AcostaPablo Acosta14 dager siden
  • The mountain/button glottal stop mentioned for Utah is incredibly common for younger speakers in Northern and Southern Idaho.

    Dawson StokesDawson Stokes15 dager siden
  • This is fascinating and hilarious! Has he done an Englishh accents in England video?

    Chris MaileChris Maile15 dager siden
  • I’ve been learning my tribes language. I don’t want that to die out.

    Y34RZEROY34RZERO16 dager siden
  • leaving at latinx

    D TD T16 dager siden
  • This is so fascinating. I would love an entire series with these linguists!

    Amber H.Amber H.17 dager siden
  • I grew up all over the southern states, NY, TN, and SC. I find if I visit another area with a deeper southern accent than my own will start shifting almost to match where I'm at.

    JohnathanJohnathan17 dager siden
  • As a Coloradan, here's what I have to say: We have an accent?

    Master Of NationsMaster Of Nations18 dager siden
  • I love this series and I would love a spin off with Kalina just talking about First Nations languages ❤️

    H Freyschild RenH Freyschild Ren18 dager siden
    • yeah! she’s great

      n cn c16 dager siden
  • As a white washed Latino I always find it very annoying when people who clearly don’t have any type of Latin American accent add one in only for certain words just to seem cool. My grandma has an accent but I do not, so I don’t go around pretending that I do.

    MattyD RapsMattyD Raps19 dager siden
  • I live on the border between the Great Lakes and Midland accents. I have an accent an speak a dialect that is a hybrid of the two.

    MineBloxKyMineBloxKy19 dager siden
  • Thank You for the answer to my Louisiana creole question asked on Part I

    NancunNancun19 dager siden
  • You are wrong about Chicago.

    laura wagnerlaura wagner19 dager siden
  • As a Utahn, I KNEW he was gonna mention “melk” and the glottal stop. It’s actually the OLDER generations that do the vowel thing, in my experience, but the glottal stop is a good lot of us. Mountain, button, even in “count”. Interesting thing not mentioned is that a lot of older Utahns (and it’s Utahn, not Utahan) say “crick” instead of “creek”, and legs and eggs become “laygs” and “aygs”. My mother does this sometimes, sometimes not. My grandmother nearly always does. I don’t pronounce things that way. It’s interesting to see the shift between generations, when we’re all born and raised here.

    Jyn AndorJyn Andor20 dager siden
  • Erik’s Texan accent is straight up Matthew McConaughey.

    JonerysStan4lifeJonerysStan4life20 dager siden
  • I find it surprising that in spite of all the media sharing, local accents still thrive !

    acastelliniacastellini20 dager siden
  • No comment on the "lack of" an accent in the Kansas city area? The "news anchor" accent of you will.

    Eli RhoadEli Rhoad20 dager siden
  • Understanding my Chicago accent took time.

    Sarah WhiteSarah White20 dager siden
  • I live in Central Iowa and our dialect is so BORING! Also, I'm very happy that you even touched on Iowa, although briefly!

    Kayla MarieKayla Marie21 dag siden
  • The Miami linguist is repulsive af

    Gg NotreGg Notre21 dag siden
  • as a coloradan i do that weird mountain thing at the end

    Jackson BartosJackson Bartos21 dag siden
  • what about mexican american accents throughout the entire southwest...

    Walks and SuchWalks and Such21 dag siden
  • Utah just sounds lazy af. In Colorado we pronounce “milk,” “mountain,” and “sale” as “mill-k,” “moun-tin,” and “sail.”

    Kristie ThomsonKristie Thomson21 dag siden
    • not mountain - i’ve noticed most coloradans will say mountain with a less strong t sound - almost like “mountin’ a horse” the t takes a really soft sound and i think it’s different than the general accent

      Jackson BartosJackson Bartos21 dag siden
  • The Native American woman keeps saying “nave” instead of “native” and “tai-meen” instead of “timing.”

    Kristie ThomsonKristie Thomson21 dag siden
  • Yo this Louisiana accent couldn’t be more wrong. Maybe it applies to north Louisiana like Monroe but your attempt is a joke.

    Seth RodriguezSeth Rodriguez22 dager siden
  • The lady demonstrating the black accents isn’t good

    KwanKwan23 dager siden
  • I like New Orleans- translated Naw Larens Lol awesome food

    UncapabrewUncapabrew23 dager siden
  • Found on accident ! Hes handsome ! Talk to me- 🤣😎

    UncapabrewUncapabrew23 dager siden
  • Would love one specific on the variations in spanish. thanks for these awesome videos

    BevyBoo628BevyBoo62823 dager siden
  • Stop saying LatinX ...

    Robert SanchezRobert Sanchez23 dager siden
  • The Michigan accent is a thing if it's own and you skipped it 😭😭😭

    ShirleyShirley23 dager siden
  • I really don't like when people say Latinx.

    Lucas CarmanLucas Carman24 dager siden
  • I love Erik and his videos but God, they need to stop using Latinx. Its no a thing, itll never be a thing. I understand if some 3rd generation hispanic children want to use the term like they use other kinds of American slang. But we cant take it serously, dont even think about asking us to take it seriously Now I gotta say, I love Lousiana's accents. They must be my favorites

    Wild GhoulWild Ghoul24 dager siden
  • Spent my whole childhood in Arizona, and my friends in high school would make fun of me for buh'n and moun'in. x___x I wonder if it's California influence? I also once freaked out my Miami Latino friend in college by properly pronouncing Spanish words, even though I'm a total gringa and not fluent at all. You pick up a lot of pronunciations in school when so many of your classmates are Hispanic

    melimsahmelimsah24 dager siden
  • That’s interesting, I hear a fair amount of Utah accent (as he described) in North Texas. The “sell” instead of sale, and Den’un instead of DenTon. Wish he talked about North Texas more, it’s such a strange mishmash

    PandaCat SaysPandaCat Says24 dager siden
  • Would be interested to hear you touch on Utah's (and probably other regions) occasional pronunciation of words like negative and positive with the -ive being pronounce "eev". As in negat-eev and posit-eev.

    Dylan CampDylan Camp24 dager siden
  • I want to ask the Native American woman why Native Americans tend to sound Canadian/Fargo or like a fluent English speaking Mexican abuelo/a.

    Yuuf EternalYuuf Eternal24 dager siden
  • As a latino myself the introduction of the term latinx drives me insane. I understand the intention behind and am onboard with that but the execution is just awful. None of the Romance languages are really suited to being genderless and the term latinx itself completely violates all pronunciation rules. Instead of going against the natural development of the language why not just move with it? Languages can have more than two genders. Just add another article and use a different vowel. i.e. le latine ¿Que hace ele? Latin had a er/us and um Spanish could have a o and e I should write an essay about this

    日虎日虎25 dager siden
  • Why is northern cities vowel shift even happening?

    MbisonBalrogMbisonBalrog25 dager siden
  • lol at the latine people complaining about latinx in the comments. si te caga tanto apaga la pinche computadora. y'all care too much its embarrassing.

  • Sorry could someone explain what a Latinx is im pretty sure its latino or latina

    Contagious_NoobContagious_Noob25 dager siden
  • as a european I found it very amusing to see a list of "all these varieties of spanish" that doesn't include Spain

    JoElJoEl25 dager siden
    • Yes I understood that, I also watched the video, but thanks for taking the time to explain anyway

      JoElJoEl22 dager siden
    • because they're focusing on the groups of people that affected american accents. most of the ones we hear today are because of south american / caribbean spanish speakers, that's why :)

      ShainaShaina22 dager siden
  • Asian accents are the neglected ones, we got no representation :/

    xNeurotic herexNeurotic here25 dager siden
  • I wanna here Bill Dauterive's cousin

    KingKoopa01KingKoopa0126 dager siden
  • In the upper peninsula of Michigan we all have a distinct accent that sounds very Canadian. It’s called the Yooper accent. Everyone thinks it’s Canadian but not exactly. I’d love to see you elaborate on this accent.

    Cody StevensCody Stevens26 dager siden
  • It's funny how you are coaching linguistics but you are using the absurd leftist SJW language. Knock it off.

    Pete FischerPete Fischer26 dager siden
  • Older white Cajun Creoles still say still like "bird" as "boid," but we only white on a technicality, us.

    Real Deal RedsReal Deal Reds26 dager siden
    • Cajun and creole is different g

      Here QHere Q23 dager siden
    • Also how come ain't nobody get our accents correct? They get it bad, yeah

      Real Deal RedsReal Deal Reds26 dager siden
  • This should’ve been way longer

    Jackie MJackie M27 dager siden
  • WTF is that "Chicago" accent? I have never heard anyone with that accent that was not satire

    AlreadyDeath666AlreadyDeath66627 dager siden
  • Watching these videos made me realize how awesome it would’ve been to have a linguistics class in high school.

    Miracle MadkinsMiracle Madkins27 dager siden
  • On the last video I commented about the "mountain" pronunciation in AZ, it's here too

    EG MusicEG Music27 dager siden
  • The term Latinx makes me cringe hard. Nobody likes it, stop.

    Josh PoundJosh Pound27 dager siden
  • umm what is latinx?

    Melisa RodabaughMelisa Rodabaugh27 dager siden
  • Gosh, I'm an Air Force brat of Air Force brats.... And was in the Air Force. I can't place myself.

    Oris Daniel Dearborn IVOris Daniel Dearborn IV27 dager siden
  • No Missouri? Or are we just lumping it in with the Ozarks?

    Wyatt LWyatt L27 dager siden
  • mfs did a perfect circle around kansas

    Brady PortzBrady Portz27 dager siden
  • 0:06 he seems Canadian. "Check it oout here"

    Michael CarrMichael Carr27 dager siden
  • 2:54 so much for an expert! "Where y'at" means where are you not how are you like you said 😂😂😂

    J. M. PérezJ. M. Pérez28 dager siden
  • Not gonna lie, it's pretty cool that we got different people covering all the different accents in the country, it's rad to have more voices speaking in, well, their voices :)

    Troggie42Troggie4228 dager siden
  • The real question when you travel do you speak that areas accent or yours

    Dark RisingDark Rising28 dager siden
  • I live in Utah and the ones that makes me laugh are “pitcher” instead of “picture” And “mondee” instead “Monday”

    Steven FogamomiSteven Fogamomi28 dager siden
    • Yup Utah is weird I’m saying that as somone who’s been to every state and multiple counties and lived all over. I there is a distinct rocket moun’n accent.

      FrostFrost25 dager siden
  • this makes me really appreciate DiCaprio’s Louisiana accent in the movie Django

    Kenny02120Kenny0212028 dager siden
  • I wish he would've talked about the whistling S's in northern states like Michigan, it drives some people nuts it's hilarious lol

    Bubblez_X_BeastBubblez_X_Beast28 dager siden
  • I understand the effort of inclusion, but these 'guest contributors' are not nearly as talented or interesting as the main speaker.

    ColleenColleen28 dager siden
  • And on hearing a Caribbean accent, you're automatically Jamaican

    HermezHermez28 dager siden
  • I find it funny that Latino people don’t like being referred to as “latinx”. In an effort to offend less people, they’re offending more people.

    maxx henrymaxx henry28 dager siden
    • @joshua farmer not "white people"; more like "Divisive White Woke Liberals". A conservative would never incessantly use a term like that.

      Michael JacksonMichael Jackson2 dager siden
    • @Zoch BINGO

      Michael JacksonMichael Jackson2 dager siden
    • Being offended is a choice, but for many people it feeds their souls. Unfortunate. Avoidable.

      Zurich GnomeZurich Gnome10 dager siden
    • @OmniphonProductions I try not to call them that. We should find them another term instead, because America is a whoooole continent

      Cat127Cat12711 dager siden
    • Fewer people.

      Tomas GallegosTomas Gallegos12 dager siden
  • In Colorado it's Moun-in and bu-in for Mountain and Button too

    Rachel TorresRachel Torres28 dager siden
  • I've lived in Chicagoland my entire life and I've never heard anyone speak like how this guy does. Maybe he's exaggerating it, but it's very odd.

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