Open thread: let’s talk about accent training (by Lauren Godfrey-Smith)

The other day, I was walking along Barkley Street in St Kilda, Melbourne, and I noticed this small sign in a shop window.
 
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Road trips; or, On being an outsider, or not (#2) (by Dr. Mela Sarkar)

It’s late July. Our short and splendid Canadian summer is at its height; I have not been home in Montreal for nearly a month and won’t be for ne20Chi-CheemaunWake_Flagarly another. As I write this, the car ferry called the Chi-Cheemaun (“big canoe” in Ojibway) is taking me from Manitoulin (“of the Great Spirit”) Island, at the top of Lake Huron, to Tobermory, ON (a transplanted place name from Scotland). My sister and I are driving back east in the general direction of Toronto, for her, and Montreal, for me, from a family reunion in southern Manitoba.
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