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Unread 12-16-2009, 02:39 PM
 
Location: NW. MO.
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How would you describe the California accent to someone? differences between a NorCal and SoCal accent. not in terms of vocabulary such as the excessive use of the words "like" and "dude", but more in terms of pronunciation.
I've never noticed any difference. I've lived in Oregon, California, Colorado and Missouri and only a few people I came across in Missouri had what a West Coast native would call an "accent".
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Unread 12-16-2009, 03:56 PM
 
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Many native So Cal folks have an accent that is some weird mix of Paully Shore & a Valley Girl. Drawn out vowels, sometimes an up inflection at the end of a sentence and stretching out words. Think Crush the Turtle ("Awwwwwriiiiiiight!!") from "Finding Nemo" or the criminal charachter from the Simpsons.

I can't describe it well, but I know it when I hear it.
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Unread 12-16-2009, 04:17 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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Except for "hella". That's a North thang.
Who knew? I always thought it was a word used exclusively by people in their young twenties.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hella_(word)
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Unread 12-16-2009, 04:43 PM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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Many of the native born locals I knew while living in San Diego had it. It is hard to explain and does not stand out like many strong accents found in other parts of the country, but I know it when I hear it. I guess you could say that the vowels are kind of drawn out.
IMO, San Diego has its own accent as well. When I hear a San Diegan talk, all I hear are long O's.

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Many native So Cal folks have an accent that is some weird mix of Paully Shore & a Valley Girl. Drawn out vowels, sometimes an up inflection at the end of a sentence and stretching out words. Think Crush the Turtle ("Awwwwwriiiiiiight!!") from "Finding Nemo" or the criminal charachter from the Simpsons.

I can't describe it well, but I know it when I hear it.
I can agree with this.

The Simpsons character you are referring to is Snake:

List of recurring characters in The Simpsons - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

The darn Wikipedia article even says he speaks with a "Valley Boy" accent. ROFL
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Unread 12-16-2009, 05:38 PM
 
Location: The High Seas
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Now that I'm in NorCal, people have pointed out to me that I say "the" before freeways. I suppose that's a SoCal thing to do.
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Unread 12-16-2009, 05:51 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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IDEA - Dialects of California

Listen to California 5 Sound Sample at the bottom of the page.
It's a good example of the accent you may be referring to.
He's 4th generation SoCalifornian.
The other samples are totally lame.
It's difficult to describe a CA accent (it varies by region but there are familiar similarities) if you don't have the correct vocabulary (which i don't) to talk about linguistics.
RE: the CA accent(s) ... You hear it, you know it.

Last edited by coyoteskye; 12-16-2009 at 06:11 PM..
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Unread 12-16-2009, 06:06 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Here's another link re: California accents.
Do You Speak American . Sea to Shining Sea . American Varieties . Californian | PBS
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Unread 12-16-2009, 06:27 PM
 
Location: Coachella Valley, California
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Ok, got it Sea, us midwesterners can't evin spel
Awww, come on now - yur spel is lyk whay beter than it wuz erlyer!
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Unread 12-17-2009, 10:13 AM
 
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It's pretty much impossible to hear any accent variations because people move up and down the state all the time and intermingle. I know plenty of SoCal natives living in NorCal and vice versa, so it's not like 100 years ago when all the locals were, in fact, locals. So really, we're all blended together and sound the same. CA is a big state, but there is a lot of relocation back and forth between NorCal and SoCal. Now I'd be curious if remote areas of NorCal, far from urban areas like the Bay Area or Sacramento (such as Humboldt County) would have a more localized accent. Any thoughts?
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Unread 12-17-2009, 10:24 AM
 
Location: Living on the Coast in Oxnard CA
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IDEA - Dialects of California

Listen to California 5 Sound Sample at the bottom of the page.
It's a good example of the accent you may be referring to.
He's 4th generation SoCalifornian.
The other samples are totally lame.
It's difficult to describe a CA accent (it varies by region but there are familiar similarities) if you don't have the correct vocabulary (which i don't) to talk about linguistics.
RE: the CA accent(s) ... You hear it, you know it.
Cool site. Thank you for pitting in here for us to see. I do think that they could have used more examples of speach patterns though.
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