Ken does the Pronunciation Meme

Ken writes:

I thought it might be interesting to put my pronunciations next to Dot’s for comparison.

Here are the questions

Your name and/or username
Where you’re from
The following words: Aunt, Roof, Route, Wash, Oil, Theater, Iron, Salmon, Caramel, Fire, Water, Sure, Data, Ruin, Crayon, Toilet, New Orleans, Pecan, Both, Again, Probably, Spitting Image, Alabama, Lawyer, Coupon, Mayonnaise, Syrup, Pajamas, Caught, Orange, Coffee, Direction, Naturally, Aluminum, Herbs.
What is it called when you throw toilet paper on a house? [on the night before Halloween?]
What is the bubbly carbonated drink called?
What do you call gym shoes?
What do you say to address a group of people?
What do you call the kind of spider that has an oval-shaped body and extremely long legs?
What do you call your grandparents?
What do you call the wheeled contraption in which you carry groceries at the supermarket?
What do you call it when rain falls while the sun is shining?
What is the thing you change the TV channel with?

Here’s the video. Frank, who is never far from my side these days, contributed in his own special way too.


4 thoughts on “Ken does the Pronunciation Meme

  1. Dot

    Nice to have demonstrations of Frank’s accent too. The sound stopped near the end, though – just the last sentence or so – might have been my connection? Watching it at work to cheer up from the utter and total rejection of my shame article.

    1. Ken

      Oh Dot! I’m sorry your paper wasn’t accepted. I have SOOOO been there! In my experience, the thing to do is send it off again quickly and not dwell on it. I wouldn’t even revise unless you agree with the criticisms because the peer-review process in the humanities is very subjective, so the changes you make to appease Paul may appall Peter. Where there’s no prospect of publication, don’t make any changes because the next journal’s referees may disagree just as strongly with just those changes.

  2. This is too cool. I love accents/dialects/anything sociolinguistic.
    If I ever get my mitts on a video camera (are they even called that any longer…), I’ll make and post one, too.

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