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What Your Vowels Say About You: Dialect Diversity in American English (Canceled)

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Tue, April 07, 2020
06:00PM - 07:30PM
Stoel Rives
760 SW Ninth Avenue, Suite 3000, Portland OR 97205
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$10, $5 for young alumni
Victoria Bejarano Muirhead

**This event has been canceled. Out of an abundance of caution due to the evolving risks associated with the COVID-19 outbreak, Stanford Association of Oregon events through April are being postponed or canceled. Fees paid will be refunded. Please allow a few weeks.**

What Your Vowels Say About You: Dialect Diversity in American English

Join local alumni for a talk by Kara Becker, '03, Associate Professor of Linguistics at Reed College. 

Though many Americans believe that our regional dialects are disappearing as a result of globalization and media standardization, the linguistic reality is the opposite: regional differentiation in American English has increased substantially in the last hundred years. This talk provides an overview of the vowel chain shifts that characterize the major dialects of American English, from the Northern Cities to the South to the West, with a focus on the sound changes active in Portland that situate the Rose City within the fabric of America's vibrant regional dialects.

Light appetizers and drinks will be provided. Arrive at 6:30 pm to mingle with fellow alumni. The talk will begin promptly at 7:00 pm. 

Many thanks to Stoel Rives for supporting this event! 

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