Katie Carmichael

News Spotlight

Is the New Orleans accent disappearing? Radio interview for WWL First News with Tommy Tucker AM 870-FM 105.3. May 17, 2019. https://wwl.radio.com/media/audio-channel/new-orleans-accent-disappearing

Listen to Dr. Carmichael try (and fail!) to guess what neighborhoods callers into Tommy Tucker in the Morning come from!


Where did the yat accent come from? (by Chelsea Brasted). The Times-Picayune (NOLA.com). February 19, 2019. https://www.nola.com/opinions/2019/02/where-did-the-yat-accent-come-from.html 

“Carmichael and Becker decided to figure out if it’s actually true that there’s a connection between New Orleans’ signature accent and how New Yorkers speak. Turns out, the linguistic research says yeah, dawlin,’ there is.”


Are hurricanes changing the way we talk? (by Emily Atkin). The New Republic. October 29, 2018. https://newrepublic.com/article/151909/hurricanes-changing-talk

“In years of conversations with New Orleans residents Carmichael has noticed one thing that’s always the same. ‘There’s not a single person who doesn’t bring up Hurricane Katrina,’ she said. That observation led Carmichael to develop a unique hypothesis: Maybe the hurricane that devastated New Orleans in 2005 did more than just change the city’s physical and cultural landscape. Perhaps it altered how New Orleanians speak, too.”


The Language of Katrina; Hurricanes Stir Up More Than Wind and Water. Radio interview for WVTF (accompanying article by Robbie Harris). October 12, 2018. http://www.wvtf.org/post/language-katrina-hurricanes-stir-more-wind-and-water#stream/0  

“Carmichael and her colleagues are recording hundreds more [voices] for their study, documenting in the human voice, the effects disaster related displacement is having on language.”


Where y’at? New Orleans’ signature accent is disappearing. (by Chelsea Brasted). The Times-Picayune (NOLA.com). April 2, 2018. https://www.nola.com/archive/article_5684c548-e2a3-5add-9e78-e28c9f08e57d.html  

"‘Each and every one’ of the things that make the way Chalmatians sound so distinct, however, is going away. By looking at speakers of different age groups, Carmichael said, a researcher can hear how things are changing over time because we essentially finalize the way we sound by adolescence.”


Linguistic and local peripherality: The case of Chalmatians in Greater New Orleans. Society of Linguistic Anthropology Column at Anthropology News. http://linguisticanthropology.org/blog/2015/11/16/an-news-linguistic-and-local-peripherality-the-case-of-chalmatians-in-greater-new-orleans-by-katie-carmichael-virginia-tech/

“The patterns of marginalization and othering seen in memes about Chalmette and Chalmatian ways of speaking demonstrate how the (social, geographic, and linguistic) peripherality of certain groups can undermine their claims even to their own language practices.”


O Canada! in New Orleans. (by Allan Metcalf). Chronicle of Higher Education Lingua Franca blog. https://www.chronicle.com/blogs/linguafranca/2015/01/22/o-canada-in-new-orleans/

“In 2012 Carmichael spent nearly a year researching the speech of her native New Orleans, focusing her 57 interviews on the conservative St. Bernard Parish and its town of Chalmette. Most of the pronunciations that have made New Orleans distinctive have been gradually fading, she knew, with St. Bernard being most likely to keep the older pronunciations. But that parish also was where she heard the new sound, known to linguists as ‘Canadian raising’.”


Linguistic Losses. (by Paula Byron). “IllumiNation: Virginia Tech College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences 2018-2019.” https://liberalarts.vt.edu/magazine/2019/missing-persons/linguistic-losses.html

“Carmichael focuses her research on linguistic changes that have occurred in the aftermath of the storm. And now, with a National Science Foundation grant she shares with Tulane University collaborator Nathalie Dajko, she is defining the effects that displacement and migration have had on language spoken in the city.”