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Old 01-19-2013, 09:19 AM
 
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Haha! I have a couple of friends from Rochester who are also in denial about their accents.

I'd guess that 90% of Americans would say they have "no" or a "neutral" accent, when in fact almost all of us speak either with a distinguishable accent or at least with some clues that can be traced to one region or another.
I thought I had a neutral accent growing up in Rochester as well....little did I know it is essentially ground zero for the now infamous great lakes accent or more officially the "northern cities vowel shift". I moved away for a while and then came back and was AMAZED at how nasally everyone sounded and just how much exaggerated O's and A's are here...and the lack of difference in their pronunciations.

Until about the 1960s/70's....this region was considered the origins of "neutral" accent....it's a fairly recent development.
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Old 01-19-2013, 05:38 PM
 
Location: Chicago
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:23 PM
 
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New "Yawk"
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Old 01-19-2013, 09:56 PM
 
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If anyone has followed up on this, the most neutral "average american" accents are found in central ohio. So the nearest major city to the center of ohio is Columbus. So Columbus probably has a very neutral accent.

after columbus the cities with the most neutral accent would be the cities that have grown the fastest in the past 50 years and are known for being dominanted by transplants. Phoenix, Las Vegas, Tampa and Charlotte probably are dominated by neutral accents especially the ones in the american southwest. Cities in texas dont seem to have a neutral accent once you go a little bit further from the populated areas. Same with most southeastern cities which were formed by southern culture. Las Vegas and Phoenix however, have almost been completely created by transplants, no 1 culture dominating the other and have no regional heritage or culture surrounding them.
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Old 01-20-2013, 03:42 AM
 
Location: Chicago
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I don't consider Columbus neutral because of the considerable Appalachian influence there. I knew too many people from Columbus in college who sounded like they from Kentucky to think that city has a neutral accent.

Columbus is in the Midlands, like Indianapolis and Kansas City. I have noticed this accent used to be considered kind of country or Southern, but is more and more considered neutral or mainstream. I just don't agree -- the farthest south I hear a neutral accent is probably Des Moines.

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Old 01-20-2013, 08:10 PM
 
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I don't consider Columbus neutral because of the considerable Appalachian influence there. I knew too many people from Columbus in college who sounded like they from Kentucky to think that city has a neutral accent.

Columbus is in the Midlands, like Indianapolis and Kansas City. I have noticed this accent used to be considered kind of country or Southern, but is more and more considered neutral or mainstream. I just don't agree -- the farthest south I hear a neutral accent is probably Des Moines.
Said the person from chicago. It might sound southern to you but not to everyone else. Also apparently many call center locate to Iowa for neutral accents so maybe Des Moines is neutral in accent.
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Old 01-21-2013, 10:50 PM
 
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educated ppl from metro DC ....Seattle...Bay Area..Orange County
Cali is pretty accent-filled.
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Old 01-22-2013, 01:37 AM
 
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People on the West Coast think they dont have an accent but I consider it non-Standard American English to pronounce words like "raw" as "rah," "law" as "lah," or "paw" as "pa"
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Old 01-22-2013, 10:41 AM
 
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omaha, nebraska. there's a reason all the domestic 800 number call centers are headquartered there.
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Old 01-22-2013, 11:12 PM
 
Location: Madison, WI Metro Area
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Said the person from chicago. It might sound southern to you but not to everyone else. Also apparently many call center locate to Iowa for neutral accents so maybe Des Moines is neutral in accent.
Des Moines and Omaha are closer to neutral territory. Kansas City is not neutral.
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