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Old 02-10-2013, 06:08 PM
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What exactly is a Kansai accent, and what are the trademarks of one?
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:40 PM
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Kansai dialect - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

"The pitch accent in Kansai dialect is very different from the standard Tokyo accent, so non-Kansai Japanese can recognize Kansai people easily from that alone. The Kansai accent is called the Kyoto-Osaka type accent (京阪式アクセント, Keihan-shiki akusento) and is spoken in most of Kansai, Shikoku and parts of western Chūbu region. The Tokyo accent distinguishes words only by downstep, but the Kansai accent distinguishes words also by high/low-initial accents, so Kansai-ben has more pitch patterns than standard Japanese. In the Tokyo accent, the first and second morae are usually different, but in the Kansai accent, they are often the same."
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Old 02-10-2013, 06:44 PM
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Kansai refers to the region around Osaka, Kobe, and Kyoto. The dialect spoken in that area is not all that different from Standard Japanese. That is it is not like the Kagoshima dialect which is almost unintellegable to most people who are not from the area. The Kansai dialect has a few words that are only common to the area and a few grammatical devices that one has to get used to.

The dialect is spoken also on Awaji Island and a similar dialect is spoken in Eastern Shikoku. If you live in Osaka or Kobe long enough you'll probably pick up a lot of it from just everyday life.
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