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22 August 2012

Northern Cities Vowel Shift

I have pretty much been obsessed with the Northern Cities Vowel Shift since I went to college and all of my friends from other places (ahem, Tom) highlighted how my Michigander friends and I said his name ("Tam"), as well as many other words, "weirdly." 

Here's a summed up version of this phenomenon from Slate. While it's mainstream and doesn't get into much detail, I wanted to share because, well, I love reading about NCVS. Also love the picture at the beginning of the article:

Still from the classic SNL sketch “Bill Swerski’s Super Fans,” who were speaking in Northern Cities accents.

DA Bears....