Wisconsin speech, Demonstrations 1 and 3

Male Adult, 55 years old, from Wisconsin
Male Child, 9 years old, from Wisconsin

North Carolina speech, Demonstrations 1 and 3

Male Adult, 54 years old from North Carolina
Male Child, 9 years old, from North Carolina

Demonstration 1

Male Adult, 54 years old from North Carolina
Female Adult, 60 years old, from North Carolina
Male Child, 9 years old, from North Carolina
Female Child, 11 years old from North Carolina

Male Adult, 55 years old, from Ohio
Female Adult, 50 years old from Ohio
Male Child, 8 years old, from Ohio
Female Child, 9 years old from Ohio

Male Adult, 55 years old, from Wisconsin
Female Adult, 62 years old, from Wisconsin
Male Child, 9 years old, from Wisconsin
Female Child, 9 years old, from Wisconsin

Demonstration 2

Demonstration 2: Comparison of bad ([bæd]) produced by a Wisconsin speaker (representing Inland North) and a North Carolina speaker (representing Inland South). (See map of these two dialect areas.)

This video illustrates how regional dialects utilize fine spectral details to cue pronunciation differences. Listen carefully to the gliding part of the vowel in bad. The Wisconsin vowel (on the left) shows what is called “Northern breaking” and the North Carolina vowel (on the right) shows “Southern breaking.”