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Brew On This: Linguistic Melodies of American English & French

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Brew On This: Linguistic Melodies of American English & French

Have you ever noticed the rise and fall of a person’s voice in conversation? That heightened “punch” as someone tells a story, makes a statement, or asks a question? This is intonation, or the vocal “highs” and “lows” that make the melody of a language. Listeners perceive this as pitch, which is created from the stretching or shortening of our vibrating vocal cords. 

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Is There One Way to Speak American?

When you’re in the South, don’t call the cops if you hear someone say, “Looks like the devil’s beating his wife.”  Instead, look for a rainbow!  Much like how Southerners coin a sun shower, in the U.S. I find it intriguing how many different word and pronunciations are used for the same thing...(cont.)

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When Your Accent Embarrasses You

The beginning of the year is a time for renewal, celebration, and time to watch our favorite celebs walk the red carpet to vie for gold-enameled dust collectors...I mean awards!  One foreign director caught my attention this season when he won the Golden Globe Best Director Award for the film "Gravity". Alfonso Cuarón knew how to give a relatable and humorous acceptance speech when he poked fun at his heavy accent. “Because of my thick accent, they ended up doing what they thought I said, not what I really said"....(cont.)

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