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Walt Wolfram Appears on History Channel’s “Mouthing Off” Episode

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Tune in to the History Channel at 10:00 pm, Tuesday, July 12, to hear Professor of English Walt Wolfram in the “Mouthing Off” episode of “How the States Got their Shapes.” The episode looks at dialects across the country and answers such questions as why the southern accent didn’t exist until after the Civil War, and whether one particularly strong accent could cause New York to break up and create a 51st state. Wolfram is a sociolinguist at NC State University, specializing in social and ethnic dialects of American English. He is the university’s William C. Friday Distinguished University Professor.

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