Great American Vowel
Well, now it appears
that the English language is changing so fast that we are barely aware of it. This vowel
shift causes problems. People call it the Great American Vowel Shift
because it is changing how we speak. Originally it was called the "Northern
Cities Shift", but it has left the big city and invaded our farms and is heading
with urban young hipsters and has spread to old farmers. At one time confined to
the rust belt state of Michigan it moved to neighboring Ohio and Indiana.
Finally making a beach head in the mighty city of Chicago. People called it
The Northern Cities Shift (NCS) because it first affected Great Lakes towns
including the big cities of Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Rochester and Buffalo.
epidemic it has spread as far west as Kansas City and infected speech patterns
as far south as Cincinnati. As time passes more and more words are shifted; one
cannot help but wonder how this will alter the american dialect.
how language changed
1980 - few cities and few words affected
1990 more cities and words affected in Great Lakes area.
2000 - Problem spreads west and south.
Many words affected.
2010 most words shifted. Accent is
2020 Most of US has shifted, old
movies from 80's & 90's sound "funny".