Monday, March 03, 2008

21 accents in two and a half minutes

Spurred on by the death of the uniquely accented William F. Buckley, I've been reading a lot lately about different English dialects and accents, and how they came to be. Wikipedia has a pretty good jumping off page for this, although I must caution that the jargon linguists use takes a lot of getting used to.

The woman in the clip does struggle a bit in some of her American accents -- particularly with the word "five" -- which suggests it may be my imprecise ear that leads me to believe her other accents are so spot on. Nevertheless, it's still very impressive.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I kept waiting for her to proclaim that the viewer had killed her father and should prepare to die.