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Media: NY Times: Accent Reduction

Submitter: Jason Siegel

Submitter Email: siegeljf@indiana.edu
Linguistic Field(s): Applied Linguistics
Sociolinguistics

Media Body: http://www.nytimes.com/2007/06/05/business/05accent.html

This article talks about the booming business of accent reduction, or
learning how to speak more like Americans as one of the coaches hastens to
point out. It focuses mainly on the business in New York City and online.
Issue Number: 18.1728
Date Posted: June 05, 2007

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