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Michael Chaney

Joan Brooks

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The versitility of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History has again been demonstrated by the visit of an English professor from Japan who is doing a comparative study of the Maine accent and Shakespearean pronounciation. Professor Tsuneko Ikemiya of Tezukayama University in Nara, Japan, a specialist in acoustic phonetics, has been working in the Archives since March listening to tapes of Mainers from different parts of the state.

While she is primarily concerned with similarities in the pronounciation of contemporary Maine dialects and Elizabethan English, Professor Ikemiya reports that she has also found herself so interested in what is being said on the tapes that she sometimes forgets to listen to how it is being said. She has gone into the field to make additional recordings of her own and will also be taking copies of many of our tapes back to Japan with her.

Professor Ikemiya is working with Dr. Jacob Bennett of the English Department at UMO and staying with her son, pianist Masanobu Ikemiya, in Surry.


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