When I listened to Arianna Huffington's voice, something shifted inside. There she was on the stage, powerfully joking about her journey with her accent during her opening speech for the University of Santa Monica's Class 2015. She shared how she had tried to lose her accent for years. I immediately related to her story.
Nancy Hopkins-Davisson never really heard herself until she heard herself on television. The year was 1975, and Nancy -- then just Hopkins, a high-school student born and raised on the island of North Haven -- was one of three young people interviewed for a Maine Public Broadcasting documentary about island life.
While the annual era of hysteria is upon us here in Hollywood -- the Oscars! -- there's another one that'll last long after the Academy's fanfare has died down.
By mid-2007, I started an assignment as a consultant in Tennessee. I was living in Paris, making trips to Switzerland from Monday to Friday and suddenly was asked to spend every other week in Knoxville, TN.
It's as if I am back in my seventh grade English class and forced to read a passage from some book out loud. I can still hear the snickering from my classmates as I stumbled over difficult passages, not understanding a word.
You might recognize University of Alberta drama professor and voice coach David Ley from his demonstration on how singers
As a Caribbean islander transplanted in New York, I am often perplexed by the response even the slightest lilt can elicit, from curiosity to downright imitation. But is imitation always the highest form of flattery? The recent Super Bowl ad by Volkswagen seems to have reignited the discussion.
By R. Douglas Fields This is not just a smoldering relic from the Civil War; accent-based bias is universal. Even on a tiny
CARA SANTA MARIA: Hi everyone. Cara Santa Maria here. In 2009, a German team of researchers published a study entitled "Newborns