American Dialects and Accents

A fascinating look at this subject circa 1958.  Mass communication and entertainment, ever growing attendance at college, mass military service during the World Wars and much of the Cold War and increasing migrations across state lines, have all played a role in reducing regional speech patterns,  It is interesting to look back 62 years ago and see the stage of this ongoing process at that time.  Compare and contrast in the below contemporary video where most of these people, almost all likely college educated, strike me as basically speaking in an almost identical accent:

Published in: on October 29, 2020 at 5:30 am  Comments (2)