The Peabody Awards

The Peabody Awards

American Tongues (PBS)




American Tongues
 1987 | Center for New American Media, Inc.

As most of us know, the Peabody speaks with a Southern accent. But what exactly does that mean? Are we dim-witted or indolent? Instead, as we like to think, we may really be thoughtful, considerate and reasonable.American Tongues reveals with insight, candor and humor that the way we speak says much about us and about those who would judge us. Included in this lively examination of accents and regionalisms are the unique speech patterns of Boston Brahmins and North-enders; “Brooklyn-ese” and Black English; Appalachian “hillbilly” and Texas twang. In the end, the fast-paced hour indicates, that, despite our attempt to homogenize Americana in the Cuisinart of contemporary popular culture, our regional dialects preserve the character and conceits of the region in which we were born. For a lively, amusing and educational documentary, produced by Andrew Kolker and Louis Alvarez, a Peabody to The Center for New American Media for American Tongues. Y’all enjoy it, you hear.



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