Accent Expert Gives a Tour of North American Accents - (Part 3) | WIRED

For a third time, dialect coach Erik Singer 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 United States, Mexico and Canada.

Host: Erik Singer
Director: Alice Roth
Producer: Alyssa Marino \u0026 Erik Singer
Director of Photography: Charlie Jordan
Production Manager: Morgan Winters
Editor: Justin Sloan
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
Language Nest Revitalization Efforts in Hawaii footage courtesy of ʻŌiwiTV and ʻAha Pūnana Le
A huge 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
ʻŌiwiTV and ʻAha Pūnana Le
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:
Harvard Dialect Survey
Podcast Resources:
Lingthusiasm podcast
The Black Language podcast
Because Language podcast
The Vocal Fries podcast

00:00 - Intro
00:16 - Southern California
01:07 - Surfer Accent
01:30 - Chicano English
02:51 - Navajo English
03:23 - African American English in California
03:55 - Pacific Northwest
04:13 - San Francisco cot-caught merger
04:30 - Vancouver, Canada
04:44 - Matanuska-Susitna Valley
05:29 - Northwest Territories, Canada
06:16 - Toronto
07:27 - Newfoundland
08:44 - Northeastern New England
09:58 - Conclusion
10:57 - Resources

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  • This was fascinating! "Be gentle please, ya Newfies."

    Elaine LombardiElaine Lombardi3 timer siden
  • I dunno, the way California was treated makes me doubt how accurate the rest are? Most of this series is the NE and South... yet no touching on Hawaii even though you mention teeny tiny regions of the East/South? It's just a wee bit disappointing. Yes, not comprehensive, I know, but "Southern Californians sound like Bill and Ted, here's a bit about SF, and the rest of the West is utterly the same" but let's talk about Appalachia for three minutes is... off putting.

    Ellie Bee TeaEllie Bee Tea9 timer siden
  • Nobody says latinx

    Max MatthewsMax Matthews16 timer siden
  • Amazing information and presentation -- a quick suggestion? Maybe add a moment or two between examples of dialect clips to allow us to register the distinctions. Otherwise -- everything tends to blurrrrrrr together...

    Michael BassettMichael BassettDag siden
  • This series is so fascinating and fun!

    D dCD dCDag siden
  • Why no Indiana, man. :(

    Rebecca JudyRebecca Judy2 dager siden
  • Merry Merry Merry !

    Gameing12 Dude Pro God 1012Gameing12 Dude Pro God 10122 dager siden
  • Wat A Freak Is Bey ????

    Gameing12 Dude Pro God 1012Gameing12 Dude Pro God 10122 dager siden
  • Hai!

    Gameing12 Dude Pro God 1012Gameing12 Dude Pro God 10122 dager siden
  • I've been waiting for the California part. I always thought we didn't have accents in so cal. whoops, I was wrong. lol

    b bb b3 dager siden
  • I was born and raised in Vancouver, and have never heard that Minnesota-esque accent he mentions.

    Kyle AustinKyle Austin3 dager siden
  • Latinx? Lol

    Big NapsBig Naps5 dager siden
  • Noooooo Newfie was a botch. Nice try though

    ChallengerDeepChallengerDeep6 dager siden
  • When he started talking about SF Bay Area "pocket" I'm surprised he didn't use "hella" as an example. He kinda glanced over all of California.

    Carlos HernandezCarlos Hernandez8 dager siden
  • please stop with made-up bs latinx.

    Carlos HernandezCarlos Hernandez8 dager siden
  • How does he remember what he sounds like

    ShainaShaina8 dager siden
  • Hallo I really like your videos and the stuff you talk about is interesting but It annoys me a bit the repeated video you show the accent ,its fast and you cant really pay attention to the accent ...

    Don GilbertoDon Gilberto8 dager siden
  • Y'all....imagine a My Fair Lady remake with Erik as Henry Higgins teaching a girl how to speak in a different accent.... swoon

    April ShowersApril Showers8 dager siden
  • imma need a part four talking about the prairie provinces accent

    Kaitlyn OddieKaitlyn Oddie8 dager siden
  • No one ever does a Columbus, Ohio accent because we don't have one.

    Eric WillisonEric Willison8 dager siden
  • This is weird. I grew up in SoCal but am not a Chicano. Yet I to devoiced the S on the end of the word chairs.

    Reality is the Final Court of AppealReality is the Final Court of Appeal9 dager siden
  • Wales has the horse/hoarse distinction too! I’d love to see you talk about welsh accents

    Emily RoseEmily Rose9 dager siden
  • I grew up in Southern California. Nobody talks like that (stereotypical surfer) 🤷🏻‍♀️😂

    Larkin SullivanLarkin Sullivan9 dager siden
  • He consistently mispronounced the word Newfoundland throughout the entire segment. Newfoundlanders do not say Newfinlind. It's Newfin-land. He's also speaking waaaaaaay too slowly. It's not just accent here - it's speed. A bit more research is needed in that.

    Lesley RafuseLesley Rafuse9 dager siden
  • Whenever I hear someone speak in a generic Canadian accent it sounds totally normal to me and I get that it's because I'm Canadian but it's just weird to not be able to "hear" an accent.

    OmustiiaOmustiia10 dager siden
  • I grew up in a predominantly Latino area in California, so even though I'm white, I can hear some Latino English in my accent, esp "less vowel reduction"

    c h l o ec h l o e10 dager siden
  • Y'all triggered folks didn't seem to hear the part where they said "This is not meant to be a comprehensive tour of all North Anerican accents" or a variation of that numerous times throughout the series.

    BiggsFaleurBiggsFaleur10 dager siden
  • Very interesting!!

    Marlee 82Marlee 8211 dager siden
  • I grew up in New Hampshire and never realized I have the Mary/Marry/Merry difference! That's so neat :D I absolutely say each one differently!

    Jenna CarrJenna Carr11 dager siden
  • One of the most interesting and entertaining things I’ve watched in years. All of you did an incredible job on this series!

    Amanda BolgianoAmanda Bolgiano12 dager siden
  • I was sad that okie population in the Central Valley was overlooked. Milk/melk cot/caught windows/windoes wash/warsh we say crawdads and frontage roads as unique insular descriptions compared to the rest of the west coast.

    BagelBagel13 dager siden
  • Ew did I just hear latinx?

    Guacamole Penis NiggaGuacamole Penis Nigga13 dager siden
  • where’s nj we need the full

    RandomEditorHoomanRandomEditorHooman13 dager siden
  • I was excited to finally hear Erik's Maine accent and then it sounded like a weird, slow attempt at British that I've never heard in my 30 years lmao

    casesandcapitalscasesandcapitals14 dager siden
  • They should do Hawaiian and Asian-American accents next

    Susan BeylerSusan Beyler14 dager siden
  • I think the most Socal guy i've heard is Tim Cook

    madisonmadison15 dager siden
  • Soooo...MAKE IT TEN TIMES LONGER NEXT TIME I don't know about yall but im down

    Imani PierreImani Pierre15 dager siden
  • Only black people speaking black accents, native people speaking native English, Mexican people speaking with a Hispanic accent, and the white guy doing all the rest... this must be the most political correct video ever made. And the most boring too, given the highly interesting subject.

    Ste JerSte Jer15 dager siden
    • You should make your own version of this video, dude. I'm sure it will do great.

      AFJAFJ12 dager siden
  • I must be in an odd part of south east Idaho because so much of the stuff they mention as universal in the west is... Less than that, here.

    CoridimusCoridimus17 dager siden
  • Fascinating

    Sharyl KlettkeSharyl Klettke17 dager siden
  • Im a Michigander and noticed I say “Beg” for “Bag” but only sometimes

    Hunter FlowersonHunter Flowerson18 dager siden
  • what would you call it if one pronounced "saying" and "sang" both like "sang"?

    ꑘ-ϢꂷϢ-ꑘꑘ-ϢꂷϢ-ꑘ19 dager siden
  • Would love to hear more about Native American accents in the PNW.

    ꑘ-ϢꂷϢ-ꑘꑘ-ϢꂷϢ-ꑘ19 dager siden
  • It is interesting how chicano and native american in the west was so similar. Probably because mexican spanish is influenced by the original natives of southern america

    lovleelaura88lovleelaura8820 dager siden
  • Do a map tour of Spanish-speaking countries!!!

    Fini HansonFini Hanson20 dager siden
  • Canadian Raising is such bs unless you're a backcountry hillbilly. Ive traveled almost all of Ontario and rarely heard it. We tease people that talk like that and often do it as a joke. Can't believe it's in this video 🤣

    Jadon ClowJadon Clow20 dager siden
  • Wait, "cot" and "caught" are supposed to be pronounced differently?

    pink quartzpink quartz21 dag siden
    • @Ellie Bee Tea look in mirror while you say "hot" and "dog". For "hot" you should have your lips relaxed and for "dog" you should have them rounded. People without the merger say "caught", "bought", "thought" and "all" with their lips rounded! Just like the in word "dog".

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    • @Animax I cannot even process how to get hot and dog to rhyme. They just absolutely don't, lol. Cot and caught absolutely do, and my mouth cannot possibly make it otherwise.

      Ellie Bee TeaEllie Bee Tea10 timer siden
    • Not supposed to be, it just depends on the region!

      c h l o ec h l o e10 dager siden
    • @Animax I had to read your comment aloud to myself like 3 times before I could get "caught" to not sound like "cot" and it blew my mind lol

      casesandcapitalscasesandcapitals14 dager siden
    • The hot-dog test is a way to tell if you have the cot-caught merger. To people without the merger, hot and dog don't rhyme. Now if hot and dog don't rhyme to you, but cot and caught do, you can try to say the word "cot-caught" as if you were to say hot-dog, with "cot" like "hot" and "caught" like "dog": *cot-caught* Hot rhyming with cot. Dog rhyming with caught.

      AnimaxAnimax15 dager siden
  • Why was Arizona, Nevada and New Mexico skipped? Also… what about the LA vocal fry?

    AlessarianAlessarian21 dag siden
  • i had a stroke when you said newfoundLIND, also a big characteristic of the newfoundland accent is actually its speed, i don't know of any Newfoundlanders with a strong accent that speak slow like you were for that segment.

    NewfieOn2WheelsNewfieOn2Wheels21 dag siden
  • Wow, ok I'm Canadian and love things like accents and sounds and you just pointed out something I do that I wasn't even aware of!

    Brian HammBrian Hamm21 dag siden
  • I would love to see your version of a Kentucky and Southern Indiana accents. And how the Great Depression influenced the change of the accents of Southern Indiana.

    Sara GoldsmithSara Goldsmith21 dag siden
  • would love to hear a convo on how interesting the northern New Mexican accent is, especially among Latinx folks

    Lillian McDonaldLillian McDonald21 dag siden
    • We are latino. Not latinx.

      Conner DiazConner Diaz21 dag siden
  • “Nave American language.” What part of that accent doesn’t pronounce whole syllables? I always thought that was just for children who couldn’t speak very well yet.

    Kristie ThomsonKristie Thomson21 dag siden
  • I perfectly do Erik Singers vocal chords on the first try.

    NikoFrederikoNikoFrederiko22 dager siden
  • Latinx? Oh yeah, how can we forget that one historical word in natural speaking evolution. A handful of influencers promoting it on ancient fb 800 b.c. (800 days before covid). A fusion of the words latino and kleenex.

    Carlos WhisperCarlos Whisper23 dager siden
  • Dang i was really excited to see my location but nope. Guess we dont have accents.

    Teri HammondsTeri Hammonds24 dager siden
  • Erik has been making do many cool videos for Wired!

    No sorryNo sorry24 dager siden
  • LA Native can definitely vouch that the surfer accent is definitely not present here.

    Adan LemusAdan Lemus25 dager siden
  • No Ohio? Kentucky?

    Amanda GraceAmanda Grace25 dager siden
  • Southern Californian accent is picked up here in Utah it’s weird it’s like all the Utah kids went to California for a summer and started? Like? picking ? up? the ends of their words?

    FrostFrost25 dager siden
    • It's more of a Millennial accent...I hear it in Georgia and the East Coast as well, and even in England now.

      elsongselsongs7 dager siden

    JesseJesse25 dager siden
  • here in central illinois, For sounds like Fer, yet Four sounds like Four. quite interesting.

    mavrick45mavrick4525 dager siden
  • All I know is Fargo made me love Minnesota accent LOL

    Jonathan JollimoreJonathan Jollimore25 dager siden
  • i cant hear some of them because of the blending i guess. joining the military i changed my accent and have become more general with a southern twang on things. i also grew up going to speech therapy so when people say i say a word wrong i try again and mess up dozens of times to get it right to mess up a dozen more times. still no clue how tf to say tsum tsum

    ExtraneusExtraneus25 dager siden
  • I tried to deny the accent in Syracuse and i just cant thanks. lol

    Jamie KurylaJamie Kuryla25 dager siden
  • Los Angeles: Half the video Every other part of the West Coast: Idk like 15 seconds, who cares about Oreg- SAN FRANCISCO!

    JETZcorpJETZcorp26 dager siden
  • Your interpretation of the Southern California accent is completely false, made up by some Hollywood movie. You overgeneralize everything, and you don't really know what you're talking about.

    Justin GoodingJustin Gooding26 dager siden
  • Tbh excellent and some of the California samples of accents wasn’t as authentic as I was hoping. It was all really interesting and I’m going to listen to accents more closely now

    Roberta AlvaradoRoberta Alvarado27 dager siden
  • I'm in the Bay area and I don't know if it's the same as an accent, but I do say hella a lot. And I say whatcha u mean instead of what do you mean. And dontcha for don't you.

    J. J.J. J.27 dager siden
  • Ohh muyy gaad, lihke, i think you, lihke tote-alley fuhr-gaht about the vall-ee, in lihke cahli All with upswings like its a question

    Ardell “Ardvik SoSik” OlnesArdell “Ardvik SoSik” Olnes27 dager siden
    • SoCal white girls accent 😹

      CapaCapa27 dager siden
  • 1:41 what was that face lol

    Melisa RodabaughMelisa Rodabaugh27 dager siden
  • Interesting you got the San Fran accent but totally missed that Bakersfield and the rest of the southern San Joaquin has a light southern accent because of the dust bowl migration.

    Kilroy was hereKilroy was here27 dager siden
  • Ah man as a Haligonian i was interested to see him try the east coast accents but man did he butcher them

    AstOnokGamingAstOnokGaming27 dager siden
  • OMG... As linguists, y'all should know how offensive "Latinx" is. You're butchering a language and offending a culture.

    ColleenColleen28 dager siden
  • Navajos got good taste in movies.

    John GriffithJohn Griffith28 dager siden
  • I would like to hear more....

    SnooopidSnooopid28 dager siden
  • Wow - what an amazing series! Thank you! Just a bit disappointed that you didn’t explain how Canadians’ sentences end in questions, similar to Australians. It’s so pervasive in Québécois, really - it should have been discussed. However, as someone who is fascinated with accents, this was enlightening and super entertaining. Thanks for making space for BIPOC to explain their own experiences. ☺️

    Bonnie ChaseBonnie Chase28 dager siden
  • For clarity, as a Philadelphian, the Mary/marry/merry division is very much present, although the merry/Murray distinction is often hazier, in some city accents there being no distinction and in others a relatively clear one. There's also the difference in vowel sounds between "bad" and "back," where it's strongest in the Northeast specifically but is by no means limited to that area.

    ConvincingPeopleConvincingPeople28 dager siden
  • I have lived in Tarrana all my life, and your comments on Ontario accents are mental, eh?

    PointyTailofSatanPointyTailofSatan29 dager siden
  • Oakland needs a shoutout

    Maxwell MaurierMaxwell Maurier29 dager siden
  • Vancouver is overall pretty similar to Toronto accent wise but there are a few subtle differences. I notice people in Vancouver say "sore-reee" whereas people in the GTA say "sah-riiii" When it comes to ordering a drink at a coffee shop, Vancouver people usually pronounce it "laa-tay" or "americAAno" whereas in the Toronto most people pronounce it "law-tay" or "americ-AHno"

    ThunderBirdThunderBird29 dager siden
  • Wow, almost nothing for Hawaiian accents, but so much on Newfoundland.

    AshitaNoKanousei42AshitaNoKanousei4229 dager siden
  • Thank you for not mispronouncing Wisconsin :) A lot of people put a hard "c" instead of a soft c, almost g sound.

    Lord QueezleLord Queezle29 dager siden
  • Inject these videos into my vains.

    jossmircruzjossmircruz29 dager siden
  • what is the accent of the first black lady linguist?It is charming!

    nutshell 15nutshell 1529 dager siden
  • No real Alaskan accent I see...

    Joules EvergreenJoules Evergreen29 dager siden
  • I wish you would have mentioned the Mid Atlantic accent like in old movies.

    Benjamin RittgersBenjamin RittgersMåned siden
  • collab with tom scott or something, we need more.

    charlie dcharlie dMåned siden
  • I was having an extraordinarily stressful day but for some reason listening to him explain different accidents has calmed me down so I am grateful.

    Robert GeorgeRobert GeorgeMåned siden
  • Stop saying LatinX. Literally doesn’t represent us.

    Guillermo VenturaGuillermo VenturaMåned siden
  • Uptalking? Don't you mean High Rising Terminal?

    Jeffrey AllenJeffrey AllenMåned siden
  • Great stuff, very interesting. Thanks so much.

    globyoisglobyoisMåned siden
  • that weird irish silt sounded like a pirate than irish to my ears 😂

    James TrotmanJames TrotmanMåned siden
  • Great series...that northern new england accent goes into coastal nh and a bit out to vermont, but not southern nh and the merrimack valley which has a bit of a twist on the boston accent that ranges across northern mass and southern NH. It can be found in the movie the fighter.

    A. D.A. D.Måned siden
  • 3:29 We’re just better

    SimonneSimonneMåned siden
  • I run a Dungeons and Dragons campaign where I've struggled to decide how different parts of my continents speak English. I don't want the accents to be distinguished as different parts of OUR world. This series has been an enormous help in giving inspiration for which sounds can change where to make something unique. And, of course, this was highly educational. Thank you so much for a wonderful series.

    Mitchell L.Mitchell L.Måned siden
  • Quebec English (francophone's trying to speak English). How do you skip over such a distinct accent?

    Stephen SebastyanStephen SebastyanMåned siden
  • nice

    ofowlsandcitiesofowlsandcitiesMåned siden
  • the southern california one sounded kind of like a less exaggerated alabama accent (forrest gump) not gonna lie 😭

    ofowlsandcitiesofowlsandcitiesMåned siden
  • When he starts drifting into each accent it throws me off so much lol.

    redmanishredmanishMåned siden