[lg policy] about american accents

Francis Hult francis.hult at UTSA.EDU
Wed Jan 11 20:01:47 UTC 2012

We refer to dialects in the States too.  Have you seen the documentary Do You Speak American (DYSA):
http://www.pbs.org/speak/ <http://www.pbs.org/speak/> 
The DYSA website has some excellent resources, like this one:
http://www.pbs.org/speak/seatosea/americanvarieties/ <http://www.pbs.org/speak/seatosea/americanvarieties/> 
With respect to accent, I find the Speech Accent Archive a useful teaching tool:
http://accent.gmu.edu/ <http://accent.gmu.edu/> 
Francis M. Hult, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies
University of Texas at San Antonio
Web: http://faculty.coehd.utsa.edu/fhult/ <http://faculty.coehd.utsa.edu/fhult/> 
New Book in 2011: Educational Linguistics in Practice: Applying the Local Globally and the Global Locally
http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?isb=9781847693525 <https://ruby1604.utsa.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://www.multilingual-matters.com/display.asp?isb=9781847693525> 


From: lgpolicy-list-bounces+francis.hult=utsa.edu at groups.sas.upenn.edu on behalf of mostari hind
Sent: Wed 1/11/2012 1:02 PM
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Subject: [lg policy] about american accents 

Hi dear members , 

When teaching sociolinguistics ,  I find that in UK,  the linguists speak about regional dialects ( cockney, welsh, etc) , but once it comes to USA , books  speak about differences in pronunciation not dialects .
 I confess I have been asked this question many times by my students and i could not give them a satisfying answer , so can you please clarify this point for me and for my students , books were not even helpful for me. I means why in USA we speak about accent differences and in UK abort dialect  differences, or may be it means the same thing  ? 
All the best 
Dr Mostari 
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