Yeah, You Rite! American Accents in New Orleans (1984)

Genres - Culture & Society, Language & Literature  |   Sub-Genres - Linguistics, Social History, Sociology  |   Run Time - 28 min.  |   Countries - USA  |  
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This documentary looks at the unique speech patterns that reflect the diverse cultural heritage of New Orleans, the Crescent City. Residents often sound like they are from the Bronx or the Caribbean, and this film explains why. New Orleans is a place where the inhabitants eat their rice "dirty," their po'boys "dressed," and expect "lagniappe" when ordering a dozen boiled crabs. Just as such colloquialisms exemplify the lexicon of the city, other sayings and accents pinpoint the part of the city one calls home -- from Uptown to BackaTown, from the Irish Channel to the Ninth Ward. The filmmakers lead a fond and informative tour through the sounds of New Orleans.

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cultural-diversity, cultural-traditions, dialect, heritage, linguistics, speech