Dialect Coach Explains How to Distinguish Regional Accents From One Another Using Vowel Pronunciation

Renowned dialect coach Erik Singer explains to Wired how to distinguish certain regional and country accents from one another by focusing on how the vowels within the word. Singer looks at the difference between Australia and New Zealand, North England and South England, Boston and New York, and Boston and Philadelphia.

Dialect coach Erik Singer breaks down the subtle differences between a few commonly confused regional accents. What actually makes a New York and Boston accent different? What’s the main differentiator between a northern and southern English accent? What actually makes a New York and Boston accent different? What’s the main differentiator between a northern and southern English accent?

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