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

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



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  • This is FASCINATING!!!! I love it!

    Martha AustinWhiteMartha AustinWhiteSaatler önce
  • Didn’t even talk about Maine or far NE?! Crazy accents up there

    Jasper118Jasper118Saatler önce
  • Too many ads to watch the whole thing

    D. L. MagD. L. Mag6 saatler önce
  • I can do 2 accents. Weird pirate, and A Hopeful 50% British

    The Universal RaidThe Universal Raid7 saatler önce
  • Longer beard looks fantastic on you Erik!

    Aussie 아빠 in KoreaAussie 아빠 in Korea7 saatler önce
  • This man gets better looking every time I see him 😂

    Olivia HayanoOlivia Hayano8 saatler önce
  • Virginia doesn’t sound like that 😅

    Maradona JrMaradona Jr9 saatler önce
  • Listening to this makes me feel dizzy

    Sara MakiSara Maki11 saatler önce
  • He's good at explaining accents and describing them but he is not very good at imitating them.

    Sho NuffSho Nuff11 saatler önce
  • Well you totally ignored the millions of Asians who live in the eastern part of North America who have their own unique English dialect. Chines, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese, Thai, etc all have their own English accents. But I get it. Its too difficult to handle.

    keone youngkeone young12 saatler önce
  • The reason why Raliegh NC does not sound like North Carolina is that the northerners took it over It might as well be another northern state (most there are first-gen immigrants)

    M D AdamsM D Adams15 saatler önce
  • I grew up in the Noordoostpolder in the Netherlands. It was a new polder. The a is spoken as an ai.

    Liesbeth de VriesLiesbeth de Vries15 saatler önce
  • Really wish he just did the "blaccents" considering accents aren't racial but all depend on who you hang around and listen too so I don't think It'd be racist and I'm black

    The Only Joke Here Is MeThe Only Joke Here Is Me15 saatler önce
    • I think he (or Wired, or whoever) is trying to bring other voices up so that he doesn't totally dominate, allow particular expertises to shine (I suspect none of them has the collective expertise of all of them), particularly on history of the dialects. That said: yeah it would definitely still be interesting to hear him spread his range that much further!

      FangsFirstFangsFirst3 saatler önce
  • im american interested to see what he says

    Hyperspace2Hyperspace216 saatler önce
  • The inclusion of the variations seen in different ethnic groups made this even more fascinating

    Andrew RobertsAndrew Roberts18 saatler önce
  • A Tour de Force!

    Nemo NepersonneNemo Nepersonne19 saatler önce
  • Price Smoothing sounds like Matthew McConaughey lol

    CrowdControlQueenCrowdControlQueen22 saatler önce
  • Pretty stoked to have stumbled on the best video on yt

    Anna KarénineAnna KarénineGün önce
  • I’m curious what people think of his ability to mimic accents you are very familiar with. He discussed a supposed “German accent” in another video and it was pretty clear to me he didn’t really know what he was talking about. It makes me really distrust a lot of the specifics of what he says.

    bs932bs932Gün önce
  • not me analyzing this video at 1am for a homework project on accents due this morning- ;-;

    lia abigaillia abigailGün önce
  • "Latin x" Give me a break.

    CommentCop 666CommentCop 666Gün önce
  • Well done video In so many ways

    Tom FTom FGün önce
  • How long did it take this man to learn all of these accents? I'm truly impressed.

    Garret OienGarret OienGün önce
  • could anyone explain that particular mouth movement Nicole Holiday has that seems reminiscent of Emma Stone?

    d bd bGün önce
    • Also Alexandria Ocasio- Cortez

      Mariah BoboMariah Bobo17 saatler önce
  • Definitely missed the chance to talk about the Black Baltimore accent. It’s so unique

    blacklite911blacklite911Gün önce
  • He changes his accent so many times I start to forget how he actually talks. LOL

    jaylecia davilajaylecia davilaGün önce
  • I can’t stop smiling looking at Nicole, such a friendly face!❤️ This is Gold. Brazilian Portuguese, Spanish and English here!

    Larissa BiondaLarissa BiondaGün önce
  • In Philly it's "Down the shore" You really glossed over the "Delaware Valley" It's a big area. And we don't pronounce "Hoagies" the way you said it.

    Debbie CookDebbie CookGün önce
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    Chad TorgensenChad TorgensenGün önce
  • His knowledge is so comprehensive, I doubt even people who have the accents in this video know this stuff 😳

    Joshua GC WongJoshua GC WongGün önce
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    박현박현2 gün önce
  • He needs to visit the UP

    Jeff LockeJeff Locke2 gün önce
  • American southerner here and all that New England sound the same to me. I can tell the NY/Boston dialects though.

    Jay JacksonJay Jackson2 gün önce
  • The moment you realize why they brought the other people to help with the video....

    RaptexaliciousRaptexalicious2 gün önce
  • Anyone else just curious what his real accent is?

    solangelo loversolangelo lover2 gün önce
  • Nice, just keep your agenda away.

    TheorphanlpsocietyTheorphanlpsociety2 gün önce
  • OMG Nicole Holliday is so beautiful.

    Ted A. MorenoTed A. Moreno2 gün önce
  • fred armisen does such a good job (at least of the white accents) in his comedy special

    Caity AlisonCaity Alison2 gün önce
  • It would be great to see full episodes on Black American dialects and the evolution of the dialects!❤️

    Lil Cloudy AssLil Cloudy Ass2 gün önce
    • For more Gullah content specifically check out Sunn m’Cheaux’s website and social media (or here on TRvision), if you haven’t already. He has a lot of great lessons posted!

      N. AndersonN. Anderson2 gün önce
  • This Alabama gal loves this:)

    Pitty PatPitty Pat2 gün önce
  • Listening to Sunn speak is so calming

    Dove de TapiaDove de Tapia2 gün önce
    • @N. Anderson oh sick thank u I will

      Dove de TapiaDove de Tapia2 gün önce
    • ⬆️ Sunn m’Cheaux that is!

      N. AndersonN. Anderson2 gün önce
    • Check out his website and social media (or here on TRvision) for many more great videos of him speaking, if you haven’t already.

      N. AndersonN. Anderson2 gün önce
  • I don't know why I watched the whole thing

    netbookeaternetbookeater2 gün önce
  • That was awesome!! 👍

    Dan B.Dan B.2 gün önce
  • Love this

    Patty DunnPatty Dunn2 gün önce
  • As a linguist, I am absolutely ecstatic that you are bringing this to the general population's attention. The linguistics field in general is pretty bad at transmitting new knowledge to the general population.

    XoreignXoreign2 gün önce
  • Do people in the Phili area say wrter instead water?

    James NiJames Ni2 gün önce
  • I grew up on the sea islands of South Carolina and my accent has been heavily influenced by my Gullah neighbors. I am so thankful that this video highlights the beauty and intricacies of the Gullah Geechee language :) It’s all too often overlooked when people talk about southern accents

    Jordan CrosbyJordan Crosby2 gün önce
    • For more great Gullah content, check out Sunn m’Cheaux’s website and social media (or here on TRvision), if you haven’t already.

      N. AndersonN. Anderson2 gün önce

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  • am I the only one who finds him attractive?

    Zozo MozoZozo Mozo3 gün önce
  • In regards to "Smoothing", it is quite common in Arkansas, especially northern hill portion of Arkansas, to hear this such as hearing a flat "Hi" or "High" without a dipthong as in "Hah" instead of "Hi" or "High" as in the dipthong "Hah-ee". You end up hearing a person went to 'Hah" School rather than "Hah-ee" School. And this is heard by both blacks and whites in many parts of the state. To further this unique sound, some (especially Blacks) will drop the "L" at the end of "school" so you end up with they went to "Hah Skoo" rather than "Hah-ee Skoo-el". Perhaps this is a combination of "Smoothing" and "Monophthongization". Others may can explain it better than my attempt.

    Mike & Gayle McCullarsMike & Gayle McCullars3 gün önce
  • I want this guy to evaluate my accent and see if he can identify the influences. After an international move, I think it would be interesting to know what's persisted.

    Sydney SalterSydney Salter3 gün önce
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    Kristian CannonKristian Cannon3 gün önce
  • That was actually really impressive- how do you switch your accent in the middle of your sentence? Also I never realized that the United States had so many different accents. Very cool video!

    Haeun KimHaeun Kim3 gün önce
  • "Hey, Matt, can you take me to the Piney Woods Belt?" ❞𝓐𝓵𝓻𝓲𝓰𝓱𝓽, 𝓪𝓵𝓻𝓲𝓰𝓱𝓽, 𝓪𝓵𝓻𝓲𝓰𝓱𝓽.❞

    ׁׁ3 gün önce
  • I'd love for you to analyze my accent. It's kind of different because I lived in numerous places. I used to live in Hawaii but I've been in Southern California since of course I'm influenced by the Southern Californian accent. I've also been influenced by the British accent as a child.

    Stefanie HStefanie H3 gün önce
  • He looked pretty ashamed he had to give examples of accents of people with white skin.

    DrezperadoDrezperado3 gün önce
  • not going to lie.... the boston was so bad................ like i see the attempt.... but i give it a 6/10.

    Lifes LessonsLifes Lessons3 gün önce
  • Are we just not going to talk about the way people say 'so' in Colorado, they say 'sew' but with an elongated ew sound. It's really weird.

    SupraNaturalTTSupraNaturalTT3 gün önce
  • Really, you couldn't even talk about accents without divulging into a race baiting apology tour🤦. Enough with the pandering, it's so pathetic trying to shoe kiss for a non sequitur issue.

    SupraNaturalTTSupraNaturalTT3 gün önce
  • This video has been amazing to watch and absolutely wonderful

    Willa WolfeWilla Wolfe3 gün önce
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    Sharyl FernandoSharyl Fernando3 gün önce
  • Goodness, I've watched enough of these I'm now actively watching out for their oral postures.

    Jim BeckJim Beck3 gün önce
  • Interesting that prosody for asking questions is given as a black-white difference when literally every white person with “Midwest” accents finishes a question with tone going down. 🙄

    Jameson BeatesJameson Beates3 gün önce
  • Hey dialect guy are able to you imitate African American speech patterns? -Yes. Ok, will you in 2021 for this TRvision video? -LOL I'm not an idiot

    le brownle brown3 gün önce
  • I used to live in Southern Georgia and Northern Florida and hearing someone talk like the people there made my heart happy.

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  • Man said latinx

    Farzana MughalFarzana Mughal3 gün önce
Accent Expert Gives a Tour of U.S. Accents - (Part One) | WIRED