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Old 03-13-2009, 05:09 AM
 
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Any very localized accents you can detect in any major city/small region east of the Mississippi? I think the only real one I can think of is the LA 'Valley Girl' accent and the related 'California slacker/surfer Dude' a.k.a Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I'm not sure how authentic either accent is though, but I believe they were definitely real accents spoken at the time. Weird how they lasted about 15 years. San Francisco had the hippie drawl, but that was more influenced by local vegetation . Oh I forgot Bakersfield, but I'm not sure if most people speak Southern there, or just a sizeable minority.
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Old 03-13-2009, 06:52 AM
 
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Any very localized accents you can detect in any major city/small region east of the Mississippi? I think the only real one I can think of is the LA 'Valley Girl' accent and the related 'California slacker/surfer Dude' a.k.a Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I'm not sure how authentic either accent is though, but I believe they were definitely real accents spoken at the time. Weird how they lasted about 15 years. San Francisco had the hippie drawl, but that was more influenced by local vegetation . Oh I forgot Bakersfield, but I'm not sure if most people speak Southern there, or just a sizeable minority.
Please...go away! You're about as bad as Richmonder....
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:20 AM
 
Location: Fishers, IN
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Any very localized accents you can detect in any major city/small region east of the Mississippi? I think the only real one I can think of is the LA 'Valley Girl' accent and the related 'California slacker/surfer Dude' a.k.a Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I'm not sure how authentic either accent is though, but I believe they were definitely real accents spoken at the time. Weird how they lasted about 15 years. San Francisco had the hippie drawl, but that was more influenced by local vegetation . Oh I forgot Bakersfield, but I'm not sure if most people speak Southern there, or just a sizeable minority.
California is WEST of the Mississippi.
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:29 AM
 
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Please...go away! You're about as bad as Richmonder....
Why don't you go away, if you don't like it just ignore it...if a couple of legit threads bother you you need to get a life.
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Old 03-13-2009, 07:31 AM
 
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Any very localized accents you can detect in any major city/small region east of the Mississippi? I think the only real one I can think of is the LA 'Valley Girl' accent and the related 'California slacker/surfer Dude' a.k.a Jeff Spicoli from Fast Times at Ridgemont High. I'm not sure how authentic either accent is though, but I believe they were definitely real accents spoken at the time. Weird how they lasted about 15 years. San Francisco had the hippie drawl, but that was more influenced by local vegetation . Oh I forgot Bakersfield, but I'm not sure if most people speak Southern there, or just a sizeable minority.
Stupid me, I meant WEST of course
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Old 03-13-2009, 03:14 PM
 
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I know a lot of people from LA and none of them have the "valley girl" accent.

People from CA tend to elongate their words a bit, I've noticed, but that's it.
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Old 03-13-2009, 03:57 PM
 
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The valley girl accent is still very much around..the "surfer dude" is as well but not as much.
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Old 03-13-2009, 04:35 PM
 
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East of the Mississippi? Heck yeah. Chicago has a very distinct accent. They call it the "Chicago Bark." Then there's New York, Boston, Baltimore, Louisville, etc.
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Old 03-13-2009, 05:02 PM
 
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Since you meant west of the Mississippi River...

Texas has a distinct accent
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Old 03-13-2009, 09:21 PM
 
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Please...go away! You're about as bad as Richmonder....
C'm'on . . . Trimac's from Australia, and is trying to learn about the U.S. The fact that he is unfamiliar with the U.S. is the reason he sometimes asks questions with answers that seem obvious to Americans. Give the guy a break. I mean, how many of us know all the local flavor in different regions of Switzerland, Russia, Indonesia, or Australia for that matter? Many of us would ask similar questions if we were trying to learn about these countries. I for one am kind of flattered that someone has enough interest in our country to want to learn about us.

*steps down from soapbox*

Okay, I'm not so familiar with the West, but I can tell you that east of the Mississippi there are very local accents. I live in the Boston area. Despite the fact that the "Boston accent" is very distinctive, it is really a collection of accents that share similar traits, with variations in the details depending on what part of the Boston metro area the person speaking is from. This seems to be true in different sections of NYC and its metro area as well. I can't tell you about specific accents in the West, but I'm sure there must be similar localizations of the accents there as well.

Hey, by the way, got a laugh out of the line about how the "hippie drawl" resulted from the, um, "local vegetation."
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