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Maine Vernacular: How Mainers' Accent & Lingo Are Part of the State's Cultural Identity


This is a rebroadcast of an earlier show (original air date July 1, 2021); no calls will be taken.

We analyze how Mainers talk—including the distinctive local accent, the varying dialects throughout the region, and the words and sayings that are commonly used here.

This show is part of our ongoing series of programs about the use of language today.

Tim Sample, Maine humorist
Dana McDaniel, professor of linguistics; chair, Department of Linguistics; College of Science, Technology, and Health at the University of Southern Maine

Keith grew up in Thomaston, Maine, and graduated from Bowdoin College in 1982, majoring in philosophy. He began his career in commercial broadcasting in Portland, before moving to Maine Public in 1989. Keith has taken on a number of roles at Maine Public and is the primary editor of Maine news and feature stories aired on Maine Public Radio, and TV news specials including election debates and the annual live State of the State address. Keith is the host and producer of the weekly political roundtable Across the Aisle and on occasion takes the host chair for the daily call-in news program Maine Calling.
Cindy helps produce Maine Public's live call-in show Maine Calling, and sometimes hosts the show—as well as the All Books Considered Book Club. Her first foray into journalism after graduating from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism was to intern with CNN in China in the wake of the Tiananmen Square massacre. She then worked in print journalism over the decades, as a factchecker, writer and editor, with publications ranging from the Los Angeles Times Magazine to the magazine of the National Zoo to a food trends magazine.