Thursday, July 21, 2005
On Language 7/20: What has ‘Clueless,’ like, done to language?
This week marks a milestone—a tragic one, some would say—in the history of American English. Ten years ago this week, the movie “Clueless,” starring Alicia Silverstone, was released. And our language was, like, forever changed.
“The interesting thing about ‘Clueless’ is that the language was basically another character in that movie,” says Carmen Fought, linguist at Pitzer College in Claremont, Calif. “A lot of research was put into it to really capture how Californians talked at the time, and I think that was the first time that people in different parts of the country got a clear exposure to all the features of the California dialect.”