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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:
www.americandialect.org/
Dictionary of American Regional English and Field Recordings:
search.library.wisc.edu/digital/AAmerLangs
Indigenous North American accents:
www.yesmagazine.org/democracy/2017/03/06/how-rez-accents-strengthen-native-identity/
www.babbel.com/en/magazine/native-american-accents
indigenousaccents.info.yorku.ca/resources/
African American Language:
oraal.uoregon.edu/
New York Latino English:
qcpages.qc.cuny.edu/~mnewman/Site/NYLE.html
Appalachian English
artsandsciences.sc.edu/appalachianenglish/
North Carolina accent and dialect variation:
talkintarheel.com/
Learning the tools and skills needed to be good at teaching or doing accents:
ktspeechwork.org
Language variation and education:
charityhudleymallinson.com/resources/secondaryenglish/
Language discrimination and racism:
www.linguisticsociety.org/content/lsa-statement-race
Other sources for accents:
www.dialectsarchive.com/
www.pinterest.com/dialectcoaches/_created/
dc.lib.unc.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/sohp
storycorps.org/
accent.gmu.edu/
visualaccentdialectarchive.com//

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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  • Davy Jones

    Davy Jones

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

  • astrid vvv

    astrid vvv

    5 ժամ առաջ

    Austin TX and Raleigh NC HAD regional accents for both white and black communities until top many commiefornian whites invaded.

  • Eric B

    Eric B

    5 ժամ առաջ

    people are stupid enough to need this ? I feel bad for the planet with so many willfully-ignorant people.

  • Joseph Campese

    Joseph Campese

    5 ժամ առաջ

    @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. GB

  • Andrew Lavan

    Andrew Lavan

    7 ժամ առաջ

    Hearing the Gullah segment makes me want to rewatch Gullah Gullah Island to see if that dialect appeared in the show.

  • Soulem

    Soulem

    7 ժամ առաջ

    tfw they say North America but it is actually just about the states ( ͠• ェ ͠• )

  • dmaster225

    dmaster225

    7 ժամ առաջ

    My favorite english accent is when they say, "ey I'm walking here!" and "fuggetaboutit"

  • Alolan Donald Trump

    Alolan Donald Trump

    9 ժամ առաջ

    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.

  • Tracy Frederick

    Tracy Frederick

    10 ժամ առաջ

    That southern example was like nothing I've ever heard except on TV. Although he does do a mean southern accent himself .

  • PeterPaul175

    PeterPaul175

    12 ժամ առաջ

    What is up with background music to a linguistics video?

  • Prettyful Brown

    Prettyful Brown

    14 ժամ առաջ

    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.

  • John Morales

    John Morales

    18 ժամ առաջ

    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.

  • Kris

    Kris

    Օր առաջ

    Wow 🤩 I love this
    🦋💚🤩🧡💔💙❤️💛

  • AidMcNade

    AidMcNade

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    You can't tell me his New York City doesn't sound like Sylvester Stallone

  • Kia Aoki

    Kia Aoki

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    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.

  • DLø Whösoever

    DLø Whösoever

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    Black people were sold by other black people. Fact.

  • Terrie Haggey

    Terrie Haggey

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    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

  • Jacob Lara

    Jacob Lara

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    His name should be Erik talker

  • inês guebel

    inês guebel

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    the southern accent triggers me sm

  • 0leander410

    0leander410

    Օր առաջ

    9:10 Did Dennis Reynolds grow a beard?

  • Carl Bruce Froehlich

    Carl Bruce Froehlich

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

  • Eric Hagen

    Eric Hagen

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    dont think i mentioned it but im so glad to see what yer doin here with mixing other races into these videos.

  • ManWithPants

    ManWithPants

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    Mom: Why are you talking to yourself in your room??

  • Justin Winsbro

    Justin Winsbro

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    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

  • Brandon Bryson

    Brandon Bryson

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    You handled race very well thank you!!

  • Harvey Herrera

    Harvey Herrera

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    As an non native english speaker and a language student I find this topic the most fascinating

  • Trippodubh

    Trippodubh

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    5:19 they sank Newfoundland and the Isles

  • Deanna Banman

    Deanna Banman

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    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 ☺️

  • Jet Reyes

    Jet Reyes

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    I know he's an accent expert but the smooth transition is just

  • Ivan Kelly

    Ivan Kelly

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    The arrogant stove really hammer because pheasant conservatively curl over a drunk surgeon. ancient, brainy speedboat

  • Internet Man

    Internet Man

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    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

  • Cigar Surgeon Reviews

    Cigar Surgeon Reviews

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    As a Canadian I'm fascinated that the Virginia dipthong sounds are closest to the Canadian dipthongs.

  • Blaze Infernus

    Blaze Infernus

    2 օր առաջ

    I see Erik Singer, I click.

  • Grey Notes

    Grey Notes

    2 օր առաջ

    I'm south African. Thanks YouTube algorithm...

  • Shota Toriumi

    Shota Toriumi

    2 օր առաջ

    The bright group chronically melt because rat identically hook past a glamorous silica. gifted, silly dredger

  • Autumn Dantzler

    Autumn Dantzler

    2 օր առաջ

    I’m a Lumbee who lives in Charleston, SC. This is the best video I’ve ever stumbled upon.

  • Vikki Brown

    Vikki Brown

    2 օր առաջ

    I have literally been wondering out loud how accents developed for about six months now. My inner nerd is loving this!

  • Curtis ToastyPants

    Curtis ToastyPants

    2 օր առաջ

    The boston one wasnt that great

  • father_hezekiah

    father_hezekiah

    2 օր առաջ

    STOP USING LATINX!! its infuriating !

    • James Beach

      James Beach

      14 ժամ առաջ

      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.

  • RookInCharge27

    RookInCharge27

    2 օր առաջ

    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.

  • bookgirl810s

    bookgirl810s

    2 օր առաջ

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

  • FrancesBaconandEggs

    FrancesBaconandEggs

    2 օր առաջ

    Um why would you do this to us at 20:55

  • Dre Brown

    Dre Brown

    2 օր առաջ

    What about Californians lol

  • Cartier231

    Cartier231

    2 օր առաջ

    Minnesota Accents

  • Kendra Knicely

    Kendra Knicely

    2 օր առաջ

    I wanna hear him talk about Shenandoah Valley, VA

  • Animock

    Animock

    2 օր առաջ

    Wtf is latinx

  • Saylor Twift

    Saylor Twift

    2 օր առաջ

    I love how you fought racism by racially segregating the accents. Kudos!

  • azolot11

    azolot11

    3 օր առաջ

    white spot on shirt can't hear anything

  • Justin Boner

    Justin Boner

    3 օր առաջ

    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

  • Finch Rest

    Finch Rest

    3 օր առաջ

    Fascinating! Thank you - very enjoyable!!!!

  • mfehp

    mfehp

    3 օր առաջ

    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.

  • Jeff Guarino

    Jeff Guarino

    3 օր առաջ

    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.

  • TJ Fletcher

    TJ Fletcher

    3 օր առաջ

    I live in northern Virginia and literally no one I know that lives near me have southern accents

  • FCgrl

    FCgrl

    3 օր առաջ

    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?

    • Syndicate1

      Syndicate1

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      CT native...agreed. I also know that some say that we speak quickly too.

    • You’re wasting your time

      You’re wasting your time

      Օր առաջ

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

  • Kendra Howell

    Kendra Howell

    3 օր առաջ

    The simple monday causally spell because butcher internally depend underneath a jealous ex-wife. defective, coordinated bar

  • John Smith

    John Smith

    3 օր առաջ

    There are a lot of problems with the subtitles. Pigeon instead of pidgin? Come on...

  • LoyalDogProductions

    LoyalDogProductions

    3 օր առաջ

    the okracoke island accent sound like the Letterkenny guys

  • Fabian

    Fabian

    3 օր առաջ

    holy mother of out of focus

  • Thomas Larsen

    Thomas Larsen

    3 օր առաջ

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

  • Raymond Harnack

    Raymond Harnack

    3 օր առաջ

    She’s not even black.

  • Brendan Rathier

    Brendan Rathier

    3 օր առաջ

    Finally someone brought up the Rhode Island accent.. everyone thinks it’s the same as Boston

  • Jonna Makkonen

    Jonna Makkonen

    3 օր առաջ

    Canadian raisin(') sounds like a healthy snack.

  • Lowkey Sykes

    Lowkey Sykes

    3 օր առաջ

    Best content on this channel

  • Anita Backrub

    Anita Backrub

    3 օր առաջ

    Pittsburgh Pa. - You don’t know what you missed Eric! 🤣

  • anthony domene

    anthony domene

    3 օր առաջ

    omg you butchered Philly. close tho. haha

  • Ahmed Hamid

    Ahmed Hamid

    3 օր առաջ

    I probably needed this when I moved to the US. In high school I got made fun of my accent.

  • 0rnery

    0rnery

    3 օր առաջ

    My God, Erik has certainly settled in the right career. Quite an amazing talent! I find it interesting that he defaults to what I consider my own "accent", or lack of accent, here in Northeast Ohio. For some reason I personally am guilty of saying dis & dat instead of this & that, but my fellow NE Ohio citizens do speak "correctly".

  • Jalu3

    Jalu3

    3 օր առաջ

    No Asian Americans?

  • Wayne Igoe

    Wayne Igoe

    4 օր առաջ

    What, no Pennsyl-Tuckey, Pennsylvania Dutch, or whatever accent I have that causes me to merge the word "shower" into "sharrr" (Shah-rer would be the easiest way to describe how its pronounced)

  • Elisha Malisha

    Elisha Malisha

    4 օր առաջ

    Would love to hear an Amish accent. Where we eat feesh and trim the booshes.

  • keyboard_slap

    keyboard_slap

    4 օր առաջ

    8:03 It's "latino"

  • Rodríguez Cordero Daniel

    Rodríguez Cordero Daniel

    4 օր առաջ

    i have learning the language for years and now i remember how much i needed thisssssssssssssssss

  • J C

    J C

    4 օր առաջ

    Great to see him include the Delmarva peninsula! The southern accent nuances of this area are often overlooked by many videos.

  • dave miller

    dave miller

    4 օր առաջ

    So he starts in on the general American accent and then abruptly goes somewhere else without finishing?

  • H W

    H W

    4 օր առաջ

    I would love for him to do a UK/GB video. There's so many different accents in London alone. Bengali London accents, Turkish London accents .... East London, Islington.... it goes on.

  • Nathaniel Smith

    Nathaniel Smith

    4 օր առաջ

    Eric is not gonna be caught on camera imitating any non-white English speakers 🤣

  • Nancy Main

    Nancy Main

    4 օր առաջ

    I have a California valley girl accent and I absolutely hate it

  • fata morgana

    fata morgana

    4 օր առաջ

    Just waiting for someone to call this racist.

  • Justin Arledge

    Justin Arledge

    4 օր առաջ

    South Carolina

  • Linuxman777

    Linuxman777

    4 օր առաջ

    Nice Pittsburgh Accent. But it is more of a Gen X and Boomer Pittsburgh Accent. The younger generation has an accent as well but it is less though.

  • GrandmaChelle23

    GrandmaChelle23

    4 օր առաջ

    Weren't the blacks in Africa enslaved by other Africans and sold to European slave traders?

  • Evan Ayres

    Evan Ayres

    4 օր առաջ

    Dude was Finna get canceled if he did the African American accents 😂

  • James Clay Garrison

    James Clay Garrison

    4 օր առաջ

    As a voice coach and accent specialist for commercials, industrials, etc... I can tell you for a fact that the "classical southern accent" you speak of??? We call that the "Hollywood Southern accent" ....because it never existed in the south. It existed in "Gone With the Wind" and it still exists in Netflix's "House of Cards" since Kevin Spacey cannot master a real Georgia accent.

  • Jason Brink

    Jason Brink

    4 օր առաջ

    "North America" aka America? By the way, there is a whole other country above it with a whole variety of other english speaking accents. North America does not = America. All very interesting but don't forget about Canada!

  • WiggyWoz

    WiggyWoz

    4 օր առաջ

    This is amazing 👍🤩 I'm speechless 🤩

  • Daniel Lee

    Daniel Lee

    4 օր առաջ

    Can you do British accents next? That’d be cool 👍

  • aspen echoes

    aspen echoes

    4 օր առաջ

    Bro, Pittsburg sounds like a kiwi accent

  • Michael Ives

    Michael Ives

    4 օր առաջ

    Detroit ?

  • Nicholas Holiday

    Nicholas Holiday

    4 օր առաջ

    I love this series of videos but the pacing seems a bit fast, like he's rushing through the material.

  • Adam Holliday

    Adam Holliday

    4 օր առաջ

    He nailed the real yinzer portion of Pittsburgh

  • Knife Fight in the Big City

    Knife Fight in the Big City

    4 օր առաջ

    *Guess my accent ladies and gentlemen.*
    *"Hey bebi gurl mama show Bobs n vegana"* 🌚

  • EinApoStein

    EinApoStein

    4 օր առաջ

    Do German accent please.

  • TheAmtwhite

    TheAmtwhite

    4 օր առաջ

    At the beginning of the video he said he was going to talk about North American English accents. Outside a 1/2 sentence on Canadian accent, it was all American :(

  • GrubbyZebra

    GrubbyZebra

    4 օր առաջ

    So sad he missed Tangier Island in Virginia. It has a VERY unique accent and dialect that traces back to Elisabethan English.

  • no se

    no se

    5 օր առաջ

    The Appalachian is my favourite!!

  • E O

    E O

    5 օր առաջ

    So glad they brought the people of color linguists, as a New Yorker I have never even heard white people speaking Italian like accenrs

    • Gildo Neto da silva

      Gildo Neto da silva

      19 ժամ առաջ

      @E O you sound stupid. of course an American is not going to sound like an Italian... you also don't hear a British person with a new york accent and they are also white... A 'white accent' doesn't exist. just like a Black accent doesn't exist.

    • E O

      E O

      Օր առաջ

      @Gildo Neto da silva reading comprehension darling. I have never even heard WHITE people (in New York) speaking in those Italian accents. As in, even people who identify as Italian don’t have “classic New York” accents

    • The whovian Hippo

      The whovian Hippo

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      Dam your comment made me 30% less White

    • Gildo Neto da silva

      Gildo Neto da silva

      3 օր առաջ

      Italians are literally whit...

  • Tom V

    Tom V

    5 օր առաջ

    you are really hot.

  • Harry Mortock

    Harry Mortock

    5 օր առաջ

    Do this for the big GB

  • WalkingCorpse111

    WalkingCorpse111

    5 օր առաջ

    Latin x people..... UGH! Whoever came up with that words needs to stick their head in a freezer for a week

  • Shikyo Gryfyn

    Shikyo Gryfyn

    5 օր առաջ

    Dude when I heard Ocracoke island I was like “I go there every year that’s cool”