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Old 09-24-2013, 04:25 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Check out this video. Fast forward to the 2:33 mark. As much as the woman in the video tries to sound all dignified, she can't but help it when she says, "But we would take the buses right thayer to Franklin Pahk."


Why I Love Roxbury - YouTube
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Old 09-24-2013, 04:28 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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I had a hard time finding good examples as well. It seems as though the "Black Boston Dialect" hasn't been well documented or studied like African American dialects in other cities. Unless someone is a Boston area local or has spent some time living there, it's very difficult to have a great perspective on it.
I lived there way longer than I ever wanted to. But even if you've never lived in Boston, that accent can be picked up from a mile away. It's like a New York accent. Even AA Bostonians who come from towns like Milton and Quincy tend to have an accent on the milder side.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:31 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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I couldn't find a good example of a Boston AA accent. I tried "Roxbury," "Dorchester," "Mattapan," etc. No good videos where you can just focus in on the accent. This was the best I could find.


YouthBuild, Residents Join in Roxbury Cleanup - YouTube

But these kids are fairly mild compared to most residents of, say, Dorchester. You can still hear the Boston accent...it's just milder. But I personally met many people while living there who say "Bawstin, Bay-beee!" It's a very strong accent even in the AA community.
Bobby Brown and the rest of the New Edition crew speak with a Boston AA accents.
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Old 09-24-2013, 05:48 PM
 
Location: Vineland, NJ
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Bobby Brown and the rest of the New Edition crew speak with a Boston AA accents.
Here is Bobby Brown in an interview. How does his accent sound to you?


bobby brown interview with matt lauer part 1 - YouTube
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Old 09-24-2013, 06:50 PM
 
Location: Hollywood, CA
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Here is Bobby Brown in an interview. How does his accent sound to you?


bobby brown interview with matt lauer part 1 - YouTube
I could hear a bit of it. Especially in 0:58 when he said "started crying" without the R. His accent sounded stronger in "Being Bobby Brown". And his accent doesn't have much, or any Southern influence neither.
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:33 AM
 
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Lol... I guess black americans from different regions don't have too many differences in accents if most of them have southern influence. And what about the Caribbean american fusion with black americans? We got all these half Jamaican half black americans running around here but no language differences?
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:58 AM
 
Location: Atlanta
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The thing with Atlanta is that over the past few decades, there has been a huge number African Americans migration to Atlanta that come all over the country. African Americans from Northern cities bring their dialects with them. As a result of this, overtime it can start to have an influence on the local dialect of Atlanta.
I've noticed here in Atlanta, many of the black transplants move to Cobb County and Gwinnett Counties in much larger numbers than other areas. In Cobb and Gwinnett you really don't too much hear alot of blacks with a southern sounding accents. However, if you go over to the westside or eastsides of Atlanta, there aren't a whole lot of transplants at all and just about everyone has a very strong southern accent and that isn't going anywhere anytime soon as you couldn't pay most of the transplants who move here to move over there
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:37 PM
 
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Lots of blacks have southern accents. But they don't have that nasal speaking or twang .

I don't know why more whites that have that.
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:41 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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This is an AA Boston accent.


Accent Tag (Boston) - YouTube
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Old 09-25-2013, 01:57 PM
 
Location: Crooklyn, New York
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Here is the AA Philly accent.


My Accent Challenge Philly - YouTube
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