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Old 01-05-2013, 08:58 AM
 
Location: MA
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Mine shifts depending on where I am. My natural accent is a blend of Philly & NYC, raised near Philly but my folks are from North Jersey. If I'm with the extended family or working in the city, the NYC really comes out. But if I'm visiting the in-laws in North Carolina, I pick up his Mom's gentle drawl. Came home from WI sounding like my aunt in MN, came home from Ireland & Spain with their respective accents. I guess it depends on your ear & adaptability.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:15 AM
 
Location: Miss Jankins (Say nothing bad).
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I have a difficult time believing that people lose their accents without trying. Whether they are consciously or unconsciously losing their accents.

However, I digress. I'll attribute this phenomenon to social proof.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:25 AM
 
Location: Minneapolis
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When I have visited the UK, I have found myself naturally gravitating toward the local accent, even though I was born and raised in the Midwest. Same thing happens when I talk to people with heavy Southern accents.

I think some people are inherently more susceptible to this than others, but it also may not be entirely ONE independent phenomenon. I think it's probably related to a lot of other language capabilities. Languages come very easy for me - it's just the way I process information. I've never had a hard time imitating sounds, and I'm generally very interested in linguistics and language patterns. So that probably contributes quite a bit to my tendency toward code and accent switching.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:39 AM
 
Location: Bellingham, WA
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I'm gradually losing my southern accent, to the point that yesterday one of my coworkers told me she couldn't even tell I had an accent. But...my accent wasn't especially thick to begin with, and I'm also trying to lose it. When I went back to TN to visit family over Christmas, I intentionally tried to talk with a more southern accent because my parents probably would have been offended if I hadn't.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:30 AM
 
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Cause some people are proud of where they are from while others are ashamed.
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:46 AM
 
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Cause some people are proud of where they are from while others are ashamed.
Like I say if you look at the accent tags on youtube of southern part of US most people under age of 20 do not have accent.

None of these girls have southern accent but they live in the south.

It has to do with media and Hollywood. Take away the TV and radio and people will start pick up accents again.

People spend way to much time in front of TV and radio.


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Young people just don't have accent these days.
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Old 01-05-2013, 12:30 PM
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Location: Foot of the Rockies
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When two (or more) Pittsburghers meet here in CO, the highest compliment they can pay each other is "You don't have the accent". I seem to have lost mine, but once in a while someone will ask me if I'm from the east. Sometimes people from Pgh (or who know the accent) will say after I tell them where I'm from, "Now that I know, I can hear it".
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:12 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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None of these girls have southern accent but they live in the south
The last one definitely has a southern accent. It's a bit inconsistent, but you can hear it pretty strongly in certain words.
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Old 01-05-2013, 01:19 PM
 
Location: SW Missouri
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I have noticed that some people, without trying, will lose their original accent after a time when they move to another locale while others, without trying, will retain most or all of their original accent even after several decades away from their original locale. I have recently been wondering why some people retain their original accent while others don't. Can anybody shed some light on this?
This has always been a mystery to me as well. Actors like Arnold Schwarzenneger are still very hard to understand despite the fact that he has lived in America for decades. I'm sure he has "tried" to lose his accent, and yet, it persists.

On the other hand, you have this guy who was born and raised in Germany, and you would never know it to hear him talk.


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Old 01-05-2013, 01:54 PM
 
Location: Valdez, Alaska
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On the other hand, you have this guy who was born and raised in Germany, and you would never know it to hear him talk.
I wonder what kind of accent he has when he speaks German. Would he still be able to speak like a native or would he sound more like an American speaking German?
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