Prof. Walter Wadiak shares insights on differing pronunciations with The New York Times Twitter
The New York Times covered the quandary many politicians face while on the campaign trail: how to properly pronounce a state’s name.
The Times used Nevada as an example; the difference between “Ne-VAH-duh” and “Ne-VAD-uh” could signal how in touch you are with your constituents.
Walter Wadiak, assistant professor of English, shared insights with the Times. “I honestly think a lot of the variation in pronouncing place names is about identity,” he said. “It’s a way of marking yourself as an insider and others as outsiders.”