Sarah Palin and the Incredible Disappearing Accent

Election '08

Sarah Palin has a very distinctive way of speaking. Except when she doesn't.




Slate attempts to decode the Governor's minstrelsy for their audience

Some people dislike it, finding it harsh or grating; others regard it as charming or authentic. These are common responses to a distinctive accent. Depending on the context, such an accent can make a person seem stupid or uneducated or, conversely, honest and folksily trustworthy—often at the same time. Some people exploit this for effect, emphasizing and de-emphasizing dialect features to prompt a particular reaction.

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