Stanford speech study comes to Sacramento

Sep 9, 2014 2:34 PM by News Staff

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Stanford University researchers studying the way Central Californians speak have come to Sacramento, where they are conducting interviews to determine any distinctive twangs and drawls, words and grammar.

The Sacramento Bee reports that more than a dozen researchers participating in the university's Voices of California project will be talking to native-born Sacramento residents through Sept. 13. The goal of the project is to understand how the community views itself, its region and the rest of the state and how that's reflected in the way it speaks.

Participants are asked about their lives, their jobs, their memories of growing up in Sacramento and how they feel about life in the city. They are also asked to pronounce a list of words, including "apricot" and "coop." The results are later analyzed for vowel sounds and word choice.


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