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Kirsten Gillibrand Is, Like, Totally Senate Material

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Posted on January 25 2010 12:15 am
Jenn escaped blue state academia for redder pastures in the South. Follow her on Twitter and read more of her work at JennQPublic.com.

Is Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s political career being harmed by her white adolescent dialect? The New York Observer calls in a sociolinguistics expert to examine Gillibrand’s teeny bopper upspeak:

“Kirsten Gillibrand has what I would call a non-regional American young female’s accent,” wrote Dr. Bert Vaux, a sociolinguistics scholar at the University of Cambridge, who was asked by The Observer to analyze Ms. Gillibrand’s public speaking. “Though I lack the phonetic expertise to put my finger on what exactly is involved in this, her voice quality is of the sort that is typically associated with pre-workforce-age white American females. Judging by the case of this woman, this speech pattern has now extended into higher age ranges.”

Funny, I can’t even recall what Gillibrand sounds like.  Just me?

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