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Old 09-24-2011, 03:55 PM
 
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I was just wondering if there are any other cities that have multiple accents with differences? Like for example, Philly has multiple accents.
The south Philly accent

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The general Philly accent

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Old 09-24-2011, 04:03 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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I believe Boston has multiple accents, I think I even read that in a book that discussed American accents. I think the different boroughs of NYC have different accents or at least some of them do.

Older cities are more likely to have multiple accents as there was time for them to evolve. I would think older cities that are somewhat segregated, not necessarily by race, might be more likely as a bit of distance is sometimes also involved in accent formation. What is now Philadelphia contains some old places that were once independent and the same can be said of NYC.
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Old 09-24-2011, 04:53 PM
 
Location: New Orleans
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I've seen a linguistic map of the country that had two insets, one for New Orleans. It gave us three different accents. According to the map, if I walked 4 blocks from my house, I'd walk into a world where a different dialect was spoken.
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Old 09-24-2011, 05:09 PM
 
Location: Virginia Highland, GA
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Atlanta, very southern, valley girl, and Midwestern/California.
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Old 09-24-2011, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Chicago metro
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Chicago- but I think this more to do with residential divide based on race/ethnicity and even music taste to a smaller degree. A lot Black people in Chicago and the metro have a slight southern accent(I was in denial about this but I can see it now, especially with the middle age and older crowd), and pronouncing certain words like car( the ''r'' being silent) is no different from our southern counterparts. White people and Americanized Asians/Indians have the general Midwestern or the generic USA accents you hear from news anchors. Mexicans here either have a slight-completely Mexican accent orMidwestern, depending how much they interact with other people or/and listen to music other than from those of spanish lingo.

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Old 09-24-2011, 05:28 PM
 
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I agree black Chicagoans have accents that you can trace back to most of their roots in Mississippi. Same goes for some Detroit residents whose roots are in Georgia. Its like a city-country accent, lol. Im always amazed at how many Chicago and Detroit people have roots in Mississippi and Georgia respectively.
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Old 09-24-2011, 06:42 PM
 
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Atlanta, very southern, valley girl, and Midwestern/California.
I'm in disagreement with that. Valley girl? Are you serious? "Midwestern", "California"? The quintesential California accent is like "Matt" on Operation Repo.

Amongst native-born Americans, Metro Atlanta is

"Southern" (40%) examples: Bryant Wright, Danny Lipford, Charles Stanley, Chuck Dowdle, Alan Jackson

"Diluted Southern" (30%) John Pruitt, Ken Cook

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"General American" (30%) Ty Pennington, Ryan Seacrest
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Old 09-24-2011, 07:57 PM
 
Location: Denver
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New Orleans has about 10 different dialects and accents.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:05 PM
 
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Italian/ romance language areas immagrants sound differant from the Irish accent in Boston.
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Old 09-24-2011, 09:47 PM
 
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Chicago- but I think this more to do with residential divide based on race/ethnicity and even music taste to a smaller degree. A lot Black people in Chicago and the metro have a slight southern accent(I was in denial about this but I can see it now, especially with the middle age and older crowd), and pronouncing certain words like car( the ''r'' being silent) is no different from our southern counterparts. White people and Americanized Asians/Indians have the general Midwestern or the generic USA accents you hear from news anchors. Mexicans here either have a slight-completely Mexican accent orMidwestern, depending how much they interact with other people or/and listen to music other than from those of spanish lingo.
These accents are probably what you hear from people who have moved to Chicago from other parts of the Midwest. Many people from the city whose ancestry goes back a few generations have the distinctive "Northern vowel shift" accent that's found among the Great Lakes cities from Milwaukee to Rochester. It's kind of a clipped accent, coming down hard on the Rs. Words like pot, shock, cop, and on are pronounced differently than any other accent in the US. I have 5 friends who grew up in the city, two on the North side, one on the West Side, and two on the South side. They all speak that way, with the exception of one, whose parents moved to the city from the West Coast before she was born. She has the generic "news anchor" accent.
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