U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Massachusetts > Boston
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 01-02-2014, 05:58 PM
 
Location: Massachusetts
7,069 posts, read 10,810,797 times
Reputation: 5605

Advertisements

Quote:
Originally Posted by professeurpablo View Post
Check out the website Forvo for a comparison. What I was able to find is a bit of an apples/oranges comparison, but I think it illustrates what I'm trying to explain. Type in "Boston", click on the link, and listen to the pronunciation by JanaM. It approximates the sound I'm trying to explain. Then, type in "Chicago" - again, not exactly the same sound, but close - and listen the contribution from themediacollective. This will at least demonstrate the difference between the lengthened, drawn-out Boston sound and the open, but more clipped, midwestern sound I'm trying so unsuccessfully to describe in words
I hear that in your 2nd example re: Chicago, which sounds very flat, but not in the Boston one. That being said, I've heard some strange pronunciations for Boston.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 01-02-2014, 06:04 PM
 
Location: Everett, Massachusetts
315 posts, read 506,806 times
Reputation: 553
The Boston pronunciation I suggested is pretty close to a native one. I have noticed that a lot of non-natives to Boston suggest that we pronounce it "BAHH-ston", which sounds completely wrong to my native ears, but perhaps that's just me. Interesting thread nonetheless.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2014, 06:21 PM
 
Location: Central Maine
4,641 posts, read 5,339,698 times
Reputation: 4781
Quote:
Originally Posted by maxmodder View Post
Interesting. Never heard of the r being added to a word that didn't have it originally.
I've been in the DC area since 1966, but I was born in Boston. Although I lost my accent many years ago, I still - from time to time, anyway - add an "r" where it doesn't belong ... like "idear" for idea, "Linder" for Linda, and so on.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-02-2014, 08:10 PM
 
Location: Cambridge, MA
4,730 posts, read 10,931,493 times
Reputation: 6449
I finally learned how to say "Woburn" correctly, but forget about trying to spell how it's pronounced. LOL
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-03-2014, 07:46 AM
 
Location: West Roxbury, MA
289 posts, read 447,421 times
Reputation: 435
Quote:
Originally Posted by professeurpablo View Post
The Boston pronunciation I suggested is pretty close to a native one. I have noticed that a lot of non-natives to Boston suggest that we pronounce it "BAHH-ston", which sounds completely wrong to my native ears, but perhaps that's just me. Interesting thread nonetheless.
I've never heard anything other than BAW-stun. stn? Definitely the Baw, but the vowel always gets very little in the way of pronunciation.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-03-2014, 09:23 AM
 
Location: Everett, Massachusetts
315 posts, read 506,806 times
Reputation: 553
I have friends from other parts of the country who try to imitate the local speech pattern, and they almost always say "BAHH-ston". It's quite grating and inaccurate to boot!
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-03-2014, 10:08 AM
 
6,267 posts, read 6,100,440 times
Reputation: 2227
Quote:
Originally Posted by professeurpablo View Post
I have friends from other parts of the country who try to imitate the local speech pattern, and they almost always say "BAHH-ston". It's quite grating and inaccurate to boot!
I don't understand why they do that. If I were asked to imitate Boston accent, I would say "Bawston" instead.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-03-2014, 10:10 AM
 
6,267 posts, read 6,100,440 times
Reputation: 2227
Quote:
Originally Posted by goyguy View Post
I finally learned how to say "Woburn" correctly, but forget about trying to spell how it's pronounced. LOL
wooburn.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-03-2014, 10:12 AM
 
Location: a bar
2,545 posts, read 4,854,748 times
Reputation: 2588
Quote:
Originally Posted by professeurpablo View Post
I have friends from other parts of the country who try to imitate the local speech pattern, and they almost always say "BAHH-ston". It's quite grating and inaccurate to boot!
Sounds like a sheep getting raped.
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 01-03-2014, 10:50 AM
 
32,716 posts, read 22,666,022 times
Reputation: 29777
I always get the 'you don't sound like you're from Boston' bit, and the reality is few people that even grew up in Boston speak with the stereotypical accent
Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Options
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2016 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram

Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Massachusetts > Boston
Follow City-Data.com founder on our Forum or

All times are GMT -6.

2005-2018, Advameg, Inc.

City-Data.com - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35 - Top