Karen Kopryanski – Accents Speak Louder Than WordsVisit Website
This lecture will examine the evolution of pedagogical approaches to voice and speech and consider what that journey can teach us about actively confronting accent discrimination in our own lives. We will challenge some of our assumptions about pronunciation because accents encompass so much more than the articulation of individual words; they are a direct reflection of identity, a family of origin, and social, ethnic, and cultural background. Accents reveal themselves not just through diction but also through oral posture and a wide range of prosodic features, including inflection, rhythm, and musicality. By interrogating our preferences and biases toward speech, we illuminate the link between who we are and how we sound. In doing so, we improve our ability to communicate with people who speak all varieties of English.
This hybrid event is free and open to the public. The in-person lecture will be held a the ICA auditorium.