The American Pronunciation Guide is devoted to descriptive linguistics–i.e., the study of the internal phonological, grammatical, and semantic structures of languages without reference to the history of the language or comparison with other languages. We believe that the best way to learn how to say “Black Lives Matter” (or any other word) is to listen to the pronunciation of our peers. To help foster such descriptive learning, we provide videos combining relevant clips from popular culture. Enjoy!
A Conversation With Ilyasah Shabazz, Montgomery College, available at
Glenn E. Martin Discusses America’s Incarceration Epidemic | Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV, cunytv75, available at
Jonah Solkoff Eskin Memorial Program 2015: A Tribute to Walter Dean Myers, Library of Congress, available at
UChicago MLK Celebration 2016 Keynote by Van Jones, The University of Chicago, available at
How we’re honoring people overlooked by history | Amy Padnani, TED, available at
Pamela Newkirk on the Life of Ota Benga | Bob Herbert’s Op-Ed.TV, cunytv75, available at
2015 Brown University Opening Convocation, Brown University, available at