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How Houstonians Pronounce Different Words Depends A Lot On Their Age And Race

A project called the Houston Urban English Study (HUES) examines the way English is spoken in different parts of the city by different age groups and ethnicities.

A Rice University researcher is studying how people in Houston speak.

Dr. Nancy Niedzielski sees differences in how people say different words based on what part of Houston they’re from, what age they are, and their race.

It’s all part of her research for a project called the Houston Urban English Study (HUES).

Dr. Niedzielski tells Houston Matters host Craig Cohen about the project, how the way English is spoken is changing, and what makes Houston a particularly interesting place to study dialects.

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