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Old 12-18-2012, 11:13 AM
 
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I'm from Northern California but everyone always says my voice sounds Southern! I guess it does. I pronounce things differently than my peers, always have...not sure why, I've never even visited the South.

I thought it was just me, but I recently met a girl who sounded like a total New Yorker to me. She ended up being from Oregon and had never been east before!

Anyone else have an accent that doesn't match where they're from? I'm kind of curious about this now.

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Old 12-18-2012, 02:52 PM
 
Location: Austin, Texas
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People I meet from other states can't believe I'm from Texas (I have a west coast accent). City proper, most people have neutral accents in Texas.
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Old 12-18-2012, 04:36 PM
 
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^That's so funny! It's like we're switched. :]
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Old 12-18-2012, 07:34 PM
 
Location: Rome, Georgia
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I'm so southern I sound like it.
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Old 12-18-2012, 08:56 PM
 
Location: classified
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Ironically I have more of a midwest type accent then anything even though I never spent any significant time there.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:11 PM
 
Location: BMORE!
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I didn't think I had a Baltimore accent until I heard myself talking on video. It's there, but it isn't nearly as strong as "Snoop," from The Wire, or other famous people from Baltimore.
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:12 PM
 
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My accent (the most american accent you can have) is very typical of my area. Although some people in st.louis have this type of accent
North American English regional phonology - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 12-18-2012, 09:39 PM
 
Location: Austin, TX
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I grew up in Arkansas but people hear me speak and think I'm from California or other western states.
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Old 12-19-2012, 12:38 AM
 
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This is interesting! Keep 'em coming, guys.

And for those who already answered...when people ask you guys where you're from, do they ever give you a: "What? You're from ____? But you have a ___ accent!"

I'd imagine it's not as noticeable for those who have more neutral accents, but I get it with mine -all the time-. To the point where I'm almost tempted to say I'm from some Southern state just to spare them the confusion. :P
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Old 12-19-2012, 02:17 AM
 
Location: Springfield, Ohio
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I'm from Northern California but everyone always says my voice sounds Southern! I guess it does. I pronounce things differently than my peers, always have...not sure why, I've never even visited the South.

I thought it was just me, but I recently met a girl who sounded like a total New Yorker to me. She ended up being from Oregon and had never been east before!

Anyone else have an accent that doesn't match where they're from? I'm kind of curious about this now.
Depends which part of NorCal you're from; Oakland (and the East Bay as a result) has a Southern edge to its accent because of all the Southern migration to the town.
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