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Old 12-31-2011, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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For me; accents are easier to distinguish among blacks.
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Old 12-31-2011, 10:54 PM
 
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I've visited various parts of the South, but because I've not lived there nor know many Southerners, I'm unable to discern between the various Southern accents- they are just deemed "Southern Accent" in my mind but I guess there are many variations.

Also, if I am in a room with someone from Nebraska, Arizona, or Maryland- I do not know if I will be able to distinguish them based on their accent.

I know others who confuse other accents outside the American accents too- even Australian for British (of which there are many variations); Australian for South African; I know many people overseas who cannot differentiate between General American and Canadian too...
some people have said Minnesota accents are distinct in the midwest when I probably couldn't tell the different between someone who is from MN, AZ, MD, IL, etc

but I haven't listened that closely either, so..
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Old 01-01-2012, 05:07 PM
 
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For me; accents are easier to distinguish among blacks.
I'll take your word for it, but I find that surprising.
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Old 01-02-2012, 12:02 AM
 
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^ I think black people have an easier time distinguishing accents of other black people, while white people have an easier time distinguishing accents of white people. I know white people who don't even realize that there are different regional accents among African Americans. They think they all have the same accent, more or less
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Old 01-02-2012, 04:02 PM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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some people have said Minnesota accents are distinct in the midwest when I probably couldn't tell the different between someone who is from MN, AZ, MD, IL, etc

but I haven't listened that closely either, so..
Minnesota is like Canada plus Chicago. For example, someone with a North Central accent would say "home" and "boat" like a Canadian, but "not" and "sorry" like a Chicagoan. ("Hohm" and "boht" rather than "houm" and "bout," and "nat" and "sarry" rather than "nawt" and "sohrry.")
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Old 01-03-2012, 12:57 PM
 
Location: Palm Bay, FL
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NY, NJ, Massachusetts, Boston, Philly, and other NE regions all sound the same to me. I couldn't pick out a Boston speaker from someone from Brooklyn for instance.
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Old 01-03-2012, 09:55 PM
 
Location: Montgomery County, MD
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The Tennessee and Carolina accents are very similar and hard to tell apart, I'm not positive theres a difference but I know those accents are different from the generic Southern accent. Like Al Gore and Fred Thompson have the Tennessee accent and sound the same as John Edwards and other rural Carolinians.
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Old 01-03-2012, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Cleveland Suburbs
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NY, NJ, Massachusetts, Boston, Philly, and other NE regions all sound the same to me. I couldn't pick out a Boston speaker from someone from Brooklyn for instance.
Really? To me, New York, Boston, and Philly all sound completely different. Boston and Brooklyn is like Chicago to Atlanta in my opinion. Listen to someone in New York say car, then ask someone in Boston to say it... the "a" really stands out.
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:03 PM
 
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Fair enough

What is the Pittsburgh accent most similar to? East coast, Appalachian or Midwestern? It seems to me it may be most appalachian
Sounds *very* Appalachian to me (eg, the "drawl"), but then again, I moved there from Minneapolis, so pretty much anything on or south of 80 sounds like it has a "Southern" drawl to me....
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Old 01-05-2012, 12:14 PM
 
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Yeah, Pittsburgh definitely has some dialectical similarities with Appalachia, but it's still a far cry from something you'd hear in Kentucky or West Virginia. It has far more German and even Eastern European influences, which makes it very distinct.
Like most places, it's different between urbanites and suburbanites, too. I notice that the folks in say, Moon Township sound pretty Appalachian. The folks in the actual city still have a drawl or a twang, but they almost have a GNCVS, like Cleveland, Buffalo, Chicago, Minneapolis, etc. Probably the common denominator there is Germans and Slavic immigrants to all those cities...

Not saying its anything like my beautiful urban Minnesota accent, mind you, but there are similarities
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