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Say what? Tompkins on the crossroads of accents

By: Matthew Montague,  Ithaca Journal Online
August 16, 2017

Say these words to yourself:

Creek.

Roof.

Route.

Whether you said “crick” or “creek,” “ruf” or “roof,” or “rowt” or “root,” says a lot about where you are from. And the chance that your neighbor may say those words differently says a lot about Lansing and Tompkins County.

“There are a lot of things going on that we are not conscious of,” said John Whitman, chairman of the Linguistics Department at Cornell University. “Tompkins County is complex.”

We sit at a crossroads of language, according to Whitman.

Continue reading the full article online in the Ithaca Journal.

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