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Accentuating Accents: The Linguistic Hierarchy

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Accentuating Accents: The Linguistic Hierarchy

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Accentuating Accents: The Linguistic Hierarchy

Accentuating Accents: The Linguistic Hierarchy

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In the hierarchy of foreign and domestic accents, where does your accent fit in? A discussion of which accents came out on top in a ranking of favorites, and how different accents are perceived.

Guests:

Dennis Preston, professor of linguistics and languages at Michigan State University.

David Alan Stern, founder of Dialect Accent Specialists. Stern is a professor of dramatic art at the University of Connecticut.