Baltimore’s Accents: On Wikipedia


You can read all about language variation in and around Baltimore on the “Baltimore Accent” Wikipedia page, which was edited by several of my students (including May F. Chung, pictured above) in my “Language in Diverse Schools and Communities” course at UMBC.  The page includes discussion of “Bawlmerese,” the accent traditionally found in White working-class Baltimore neighborhoods. You can watch a video featuring this accent, hosted by the Baltimore Sun. And don’t forget about Baltimore’s Black Vernacular, too! This Baltimore Sun multimedia feature story includes the news article as well as an interactive lexicon and a short video in which I weigh in on language variation in Baltimore’s Black community.


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