Learn ‘How to Speak Midwestern’ with Edward McClelland

By |2017-07-28T06:00:38-04:00July 28, 2017|

Edward McClelland, the author of How to Speak Midwestern, visited our library earlier this month.

If you missed his talk, you can still watch our interview with him. McClelland:

  • takes us on a tour of some of the region’s most famous pronunciation tics
  • explains what interdental fricatives and monophthongizations are
  • discusses how the Northern Cities Vowel Shift has affected our accent
  • and tells us how the construction of the Erie Canal changed how we speak.

Visit our YouTube page for more author interviews.