What accent do you have....?

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What kind of accent do you have?

Southern
45
31%
Northern -- also known as Yankee to us southerners....;>)
19
13%
New England
11
7%
Midwestern
34
23%
Western
38
26%
 
Total votes : 147

Postby satch » Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:29 pm

Gonna catch me a wave bro, surfs up!
If it itches. scratch it
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Postby len19070 » Fri Jun 05, 2009 8:37 pm

West Philadelphian...believe me, in Philly you can tell the difference between West and any other part of the City.

But Philadelphia is not New England.

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Postby chorizon » Fri Jun 05, 2009 9:17 pm

I "morph to the situation". I subconsiously find myself adapting to the accent of whomever I am speaking with. Weird huh?

Normally? Most of the time I speak "generic American", but if I got a big 'ol dip in I'm definitely speaking Texan.

Austin is the great melting pot of Texas. We are the only people on our cul-de-sac as well as our street that were born and raised in central Texas. The accents definitely intermingle here.
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Postby BillyLandry » Fri Jun 05, 2009 10:49 pm

Cajun accent. Although I never learn to speak French, My mother and
father spoke French. They did not want us to learn French so that we would not be teased at school. Even though we did not speak French we picked up the cajun accent from mom and dad when they spoke English
to us. Cajun people speaking English tend to cut words short and also
sentences.The family background that I came from are Landry, Broussard, Rivette, & Alleman. These family names are all of French Decent. Today schools have French programs so kids can learn French.
My wife's background that she came from are Pitre, Bernard, Hebert &
Granger again all names of French Decent. I'll stop now. This old cajun
just thought maybe some of you may find this interesting. By the way
my wife and I don't think we have an accent. :lol:
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Postby Kens » Fri Jun 05, 2009 11:44 pm

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Postby rxc463 » Sun Jun 07, 2009 8:35 am

Been to Pa. Dutch country? :lol:
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Postby Uncle Chan » Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:35 pm

I live in the Pacific Northwest. We're famous for NOT having an accent.
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Postby Nitetimes » Sun Jun 07, 2009 11:49 pm

I'm from here....so I sound like this...... 8) :lol:
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Postby S. Heisley » Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:36 am

Sometimes, I can take on part of the accent of anyone I'm around, without even realizing it. It can get embarrassing. :oops: I try not to let it happen because of concern that people will think I'm mocking them.

The most beautiful accent I ever heard belonged to a woman who was born and raised in Kentucky but her mom was from Boston. The resulting combination was truly enchanting…soft, smooth, and rounded verbiage.
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Postby Dixie Flyer » Mon Jun 08, 2009 10:39 am

Y'all may find this interesting.....................
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American English often takes its dialects and accents from the language roots of the first settlers in the area. There is something very British about the way people from Massachusetts or Pennsylvania pronounce certain words. Those in New York sound perhaps more guttural, owing to their strong German and Eastern European influences.

Southerners sound mostly alike to non-Southern ears, but a native has no trouble distinguishing a mountain accent from one hailing from the Tidewater area of Virginia. The Southern accent is deceptively complex, borrowing as it does from the British accent, Scottish “burr” and Irish “brogue,” the Cherokee language, and mixed with slurred French intonations and staccato Spanish and spiced with African-American speech.

The Midwestern accent is usually considered the most “correct” of accents in American English, since it lacks a great deal of specific inflection, and sounds "flat." Upper Midwestern American English takes its sound from the Scandinavian accents of those who first settled there.

The western accent of American English has Southern inflections, mixed with the Midwest accent of those settlers who made the trek with the wagon trains. The Pacific Northwest residents have western accents tinged with those of their Canadian neighbors in Alberta and British Columbia, just over the border. Californians tend to have less specific “accent” than other Americans, although when they do, it sounds more western. Southern Californians, like those raised in New York City, tend toward rapid-fire speech, and mix in the latest slang.

American English is so distinctive that it marks its speakers anywhere they travel. Many world citizens who have never traveled to the United States know an American immediately. Some people can even hazard a guess at where in the States an American lives by the accent.
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Postby lauriandgary » Mon Jun 08, 2009 7:46 pm

Make mine Cajun too!

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Postby grant whipp » Tue Jun 09, 2009 2:53 am

Me? I got no accent ...

... it's the rest of y'All who talk funny ... :D ...!

But, I do chameleon every once and a while ...
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Postby High Desert » Tue Jun 09, 2009 5:32 am

I don't hear it myself but I'm told I have a western type accent with a southern inflection. Used to work with a lot of Texicans, guess a little of it rubbed off :lol:
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Postby PaulC » Tue Jun 09, 2009 6:59 am

I voted Southern, only because I live further South than any of y'all

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Postby Dixie Flyer » Tue Jun 09, 2009 9:41 am

Cajun??!?

Most folks say LooWeeZeeAnna

Southerners say LooZeeAnna

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