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May 14, 2009

Obama’s Pitch-Perfect Accent

Filed under: Uncategorized — David Schaengold @ 10:41 am

James McWhorter has written a characteristically fascinating post contrasting Obama’s nearly perfect adoption of the cadences of black American English with Michael Steele’s rather maladroit adoption of the hip-hop lexicon:

Obama himself does not describe “learning to speak like a black American”–it was likely an unconscious process, part of coming to feel part of the culture in his late twenties as he settled in Chicago.

-David Schaengold

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