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Old 12-10-2012, 03:21 AM
 
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Case in point.

"It's ar turn ta go to tha bank tuhday."
"All say it agen, you need ta get off yer behind and start werking at yer jawb."
"In tha beginning, Gawd creadid tha hevins and thee Urf."
"Portlin, Orgin"
"Seaddle, Wa(r)shingtin"
"Shur, all mesur yer hiht fer yoo."
"That's todoly awesim dood."
"I'm gonna write up this papur tonite, but I'll get back t'ya aftur I eat breakfast thi smorning."

Does that sound like news-caster speech? Ah don't think so, man.
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Old 12-10-2012, 03:22 AM
 
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For background, I actually wrote all these sentences they way I say them, a long-term born and bred multi generational West Coaster.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:08 AM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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You just spelled everything phonetically. That sounds like most American English speakers.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:11 AM
 
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You just spelled everything phonetically. That sounds like most American English speakers.
Except most Americans don't sound like that.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:17 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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I know that my NY accent probably doesn't sound good to a lot of people but that whole adding an r in words like Washington really grates on my ears.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:18 AM
 
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I know that my NY accent probably doesn't sound good to a lot of people but that whole adding an r in words like Washington really grates on my ears.
It's only a minority of people, mostly over 50 that say that, thankfully. I also notice here in the Northwest, some older people will refer to the bathroom as the 'facilities'.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:20 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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It's only a minority of people, mostly over 50 that say that, thankfully.
I know a man from Ohio who did it all the time and one day I was like "Why do you talk like that?" and he responded with "Why do YOU tawk like dat?" We both laughed at each other but still that stupid misplaced r bugs me.
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Old 12-10-2012, 05:54 AM
 
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I know a man from Ohio who did it all the time and one day I was like "Why do you talk like that?" and he responded with "Why do YOU tawk like dat?" We both laughed at each other but still that stupid misplaced r bugs me.
That's funny.

By the way, the point of this thread is to dispel the notion that Western American English is the most phonetically correct version of the English language. It's not, it just has a privileged place in the media because Los Angeles happens to be located in the region. Truth is though, there's actually a lot of weird things about Western pronunciation and it indeed looks quite weird when you try to write it phonetically.

I also firmly am of the conviction that the informal mode of speech in western states is not identical to newscast speak, the 'standard accent' used in TV in fact does sound like a distinct accent that doesn't really exist in real life. Westerners don't sound like people on TV any more than people in London all talk like BBC reporters.
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Old 12-10-2012, 07:30 AM
 
Location: Atlanta & NYC
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That's funny.

By the way, the point of this thread is to dispel the notion that Western American English is the most phonetically correct version of the English language. It's not, it just has a privileged place in the media because Los Angeles happens to be located in the region. Truth is though, there's actually a lot of weird things about Western pronunciation and it indeed looks quite weird when you try to write it phonetically.

I also firmly am of the conviction that the informal mode of speech in western states is not identical to newscast speak, the 'standard accent' used in TV in fact does sound like a distinct accent that doesn't really exist in real life. Westerners don't sound like people on TV any more than people in London all talk like BBC reporters.
That whole news reporter accent thing has always been hard for me to understand. We all butcher the language in some way.
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Old 12-10-2012, 08:34 AM
 
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Phonetic accent by Mimzy. on SoundCloud - Create, record and share your sounds for free

This is what English would sound like if it was pronounced how it's spelled.
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