"Authentic pronunciation"

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Sun Oct 3 16:16:16 UTC 2010

At 10/3/2010 10:31 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>The stereotypical Minnesota pronunciation is that of the Coen
>Brothers' "Fargo", as e.g. in the speech of Sheriff Gunderson
>(Frances McDormand).  Hardly among the "least-accented"!  (Garrison
>Keillor also portrays various lexical and phonological idiosyncracies
>of Minnesota English on his Prairie Home Companion, and at one point
>a semi-serious spin-off book appeared, Howard Mohr's _How to Speak
>Minnesotan_.  Could be worse, you betcha!

I'll have to rent and re-view the movie.  (Keillor I discounted as
adopting various odd local dialects, as does Rose on "Golden
Girls".)  I seem to have moved the center of unaccented American
English too far north and west.


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