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Old 04-05-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: Tennessee
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I moved to Iowa from Tennessee last month and everyone comments on my heavy Southern accent, which I know I have, but this silly test puts me at neutral. I was born in 86. A local girl I'm dating has a strong regional accent and she was born in 91. Stupid question IMO.
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Old 04-05-2012, 09:59 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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I moved to Iowa from Tennessee last month and everyone comments on my heavy Southern accent, which I know I have, but this silly test puts me at neutral. I was born in 86. A local girl I'm dating has a strong regional accent and she was born in 91. Stupid question IMO.
Make sure you say the words in a sentence. Sometimes when you say the words by themselves you actually say them differently than you do in conversation.
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Old 04-05-2012, 11:42 PM
 
Location: LBC
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a) What the hell is "the Californian way"?

2) According to my meticulous calculations, the cutoff for developing regional accents was June 3, 1988, at 3:10 p.m. EDT.

What a ridiculous question.

I think it has something to do with avocados.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:00 AM
 
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Accents are attained by time. If you live in an area with accents, it will probably take about a year for you to start developing the same accent. This is natural, and not something one can really control.
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:34 AM
 
Location: Metro Atlanta & Savannah, GA - Corpus Christi, TX
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Born and raised in the south (1985) and ended up getting "Neutral" with the midland map in the background. Hm..
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Old 04-06-2012, 12:45 AM
 
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This map seems more accurate. From wikipedia. Almost everywhere not in this map has at least a noticeable and fairly prevalent regional accent. Many people in KC and STL have a touch of a southern accent, and some have a complete southern accent. Minneapolis has its own accent (stronger as you go further north), and so does Chicago (stronger in the city than suburbs). The map doesn't quite extend up to Sioux Falls but it could also be included.

I've always found California to have a neutral English accent among native White English speakers as well.

File:General American.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 04-06-2012, 01:57 AM
 
Location: Atlanta the Beautiful
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My sister has one of the deepest southern accents ever and she was born in 1991: ohhh blesss yowerr heart type of deep, and I have no accent at all. When asked where I was from in the navy and everyone was always dumbstruck when I'd say Atlanta they'd always say but you don't have an accent. I have no idea why she has such a deep accent.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:00 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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No to the California way since General American english comes from Midland which is originally from the Delaware Valley.
Is this true? I doubt many would think of the Delaware Valley accent when thinking of General American English. Philly newscasters are usually instructed to ditch their accent. I usually think of places in the Midwest when I think of a general american accent. I believe Iowa may have the most "general american english" speakers for some reason.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:14 AM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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This map seems more accurate. From wikipedia. Almost everywhere not in this map has at least a noticeable and fairly prevalent regional accent. Many people in KC and STL have a touch of a southern accent, and some have a complete southern accent. Minneapolis has its own accent (stronger as you go further north), and so does Chicago (stronger in the city than suburbs). The map doesn't quite extend up to Sioux Falls but it could also be included.

I've always found California to have a neutral English accent among native White English speakers as well.

File:General American.png - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The only people in KC and STL who have southern accents are transplants, just like any other city in the nation. Both cities are Midwestern and not Southern.
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Old 04-06-2012, 07:25 AM
 
Location: Pennsylvania
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Is this true?
That is where midland originally came from.

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I doubt many would think of the Delaware Valley accent when thinking of General American English. Philly newscasters are usually instructed to ditch their accent. I usually think of places in the Midwest when I think of a general american accent.
Which Pittsburgh was the gateway to.
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