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10/19/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Ted Kennedy's Linguistic Legacy: An Authentic Boston Accent

The loss of Mr. Kennedy comes at a time when the various Boston accents �" the Irish one, the Italian one, the Brahmin one, the Kennedy one and others �" also seem in shorter supply than when the Kennedy brothers were entering the scrum of Massachusetts politics, where missing r's and elongated a's were evidence of authenticity.

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