General American 12
Krista Scott was born and raised in rural Finney County, Kansas, in the southwest corner of the state. This is High Plains farm and ranch country, and her original ideolect was well seasoned with the nasality, strong retroflexed /r/, and “flat” vowels (“git me wunna them there GUITars, wudja.”). She received a BFA in acting at Emporia State University in Kansas, moved to Minnesota and lived in various places there over 12 years, during which time she co-founded a theatre company in St. Cloud, Minn. and earned an MFA in Acting at the University of Minnesota. She taught voice & speech and acting courses at the American University in Cairo, Egypt, from 1995 to 1999, then moved to Mississippi — from one unique linguistic challenge to another! — where for two years she taught voice and acting courses at the University of Mississippi. Since 2001, she has been the head of Voice & Speech at Ithaca College in Central New York and continues her research in phonetics, dialects, and Fitzmaurice Voicework.