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Old 11-16-2011, 11:09 PM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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I moved from West Virginia to Michigan when I was 16, and was shocked to discover that I had an accent. I lost it over the years, since I've lived in Michigan and now Philadelphia for most of my life. But if I moved back, it would only take a short time for it to return. Warshington!
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Old 11-17-2011, 02:58 AM
 
Location: New Albany, IN
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I am having troubles with the regional accent... When I lived and worked in Louisville, I didn't really notice a change in my accent, but not long after I started working in Southern Indiana "twangy" sounds have been coming out of my mouth. Now it seems like my accent is "half and half"--I have no idea when I'm going to sound "Chicago" or "near-south." And then when I need to explain something or recite something I sound like a foreigner; I have trouble getting the words out of my mouth and I stumble over vowels and certain consonant blends. I think hearing the different accents (from family, husband and coworkers) is confusing me.

BTW I like the "y'all" and I say it often.
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Old 11-17-2011, 04:43 AM
 
Location: NY-NJ-Philly looks down at SF and laughs at the hippies
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you're making this up
Nope, not at all. Not only did he sound like a rebel, but his parents did too. All of their accents changed.

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small town of Raleigh or Charlotte? My sister lives in Raleigh, in fact I'm in Raleigh right now visiting (population 403,892 in 2010), and its actually surprising how seldom I'm hearing Southern accents around the Raleigh-Durham area. Now go over a county or two and its a different story.

as for the not so clever small town pot shot, try again
They moved to NC about 15 yrs ago. Yes, they were small back then and still are to me.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:38 AM
 
Location: northern Vermont - previously NM, WA, & MA
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Nope, not at all. Not only did he sound like a rebel, but his parents did too. All of their accents changed.

They moved to NC about 15 yrs ago. Yes, they were small back then and still are to me.
Right anywhere that isn't Gotham is a small hillbilly town, what an enlightened point of view.
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Old 11-17-2011, 06:52 AM
 
Location: NY-NJ-Philly looks down at SF and laughs at the hippies
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Right anywhere that isn't Gotham is a small hillbilly town, what an enlightened point of view.
I never stated anything about Gotham, we don't have to agree. Everyone has their opinion.
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:05 AM
 
Location: Cleveland bound with MPLS in the rear-view
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My sister grew up in MN, and developed a MN accent.....
then she went to college in CA, and developed a "Valley Girl" accent.....
then she studied abroad in Cork, Ireland, and came back with an Irish accent.....

I swear, if she went to China she'd come back with a Chinese accent!
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Old 11-17-2011, 05:48 PM
 
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Interesting stories, keep 'em coming!
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Old 11-17-2011, 08:56 PM
 
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I hope this NEVER happens to me.
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Old 11-18-2011, 05:08 AM
 
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my accent changed, just from moving to a small farm town in SC, to a bigger, transplant-dominated tourist town in NC. It is only 3 hours away, but the accents are dramatically different.

i go home now, and my friends seem to talk so slowly, and with such a strong accent. Here, everyone is from Philly or Connecticut or Long Island, and "locals" are rare. People move south and generally lose their northern accents, but they still talk very fast.
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Old 11-18-2011, 08:26 AM
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I had an upstate NY accent. Of course, you can't hear it yourself because you don't know different, but, when I moved around people would tell me. But since I've been in Arizona, it's "flattened"--kinda there, but not much. Or people say, "You have an accent, but from where"? I've even been accused, ha, of being a native Arizonian. Wow.
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