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You Sound like You're Not from Around Here

From: With Good Reason
Length: 29:42

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Within seconds of hearing someone speak, we make judgments about that person and their background, just based on their accent.

Terryjones_small Within seconds of hearing someone speak, we make judgments about that person and their background, just based on their accent. Linguistics professor (George Mason University) explains how and when we develop accents and how these accents affect our identity. Also: Written in early English, Geoffrey Chaucer's fourteenth century writings may seem impenetrable, with strange pronunciation and incomprehensible phrases. English professor (Virginia Military Institute) says the best way to approach Chaucer is to read it out loud and hear the musicality of the words.

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Within seconds of hearing someone speak, we make judgments about that person and their background, just based on their accent. Linguistics professor (George Mason University) explains how and when we develop accents and how these accents affect our identity. Also: Written in early English, Geoffrey Chaucer's fourteenth century writings may seem impenetrable, with strange pronunciation and incomprehensible phrases. English professor (Virginia Military Institute) says the best way to approach Chaucer is to read it out loud and hear the musicality of the words.

Broadcast History

Broadcast on 10 NPR stations in Virginia and Washington, DC the week of June 7-14, 2008

Timing and Cues

IN CUE: Music bed

OUTCUE: . . . I'm Sarah McConnell. Thanks for listening.

FOLLOWED BY 00:29 sec music bed

Related Website

http://www.withgoodreasonradio.org