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Old 10-13-2009, 11:53 PM
 
Location: New Mexico to Texas
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I seem to remember reading that Utahans are the ones who have the "least accented" speech. Not sure it's true, but I'd guess it means they're most like "basic" speech you hear on TV or whatever. Also the Plains is relatively "flat" in speech.

so does flat speech sound like an accent to people from the South or from the Northeast?
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:02 AM
 
Location: Verde Valley
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I'm from Canada (Toronto) and when I hear people from CA speak, to me they don't sound like they have an accent, they sound the most like Canadians to me (which to me isn't an accent, but I know to everyone else it is ). That's compared to Americans from many other states.
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Old 10-14-2009, 12:59 AM
 
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YouTube - My Californian accent

This guy has a total California accent.
This is a chicano-english dialect.
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:08 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I could hear the over-pronounced R's in the Cali accent.
At least we (Californians) bother to pronounce them........

Last edited by Count David; 10-14-2009 at 01:19 AM..
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:17 AM
 
Location: Arvada, CO
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I seem to remember reading that Utahans are the ones who have the "least accented" speech. Not sure it's true, but I'd guess it means they're most like "basic" speech you hear on TV or whatever. Also the Plains is relatively "flat" in speech.
Utahns have a very distinct characteristic to their accent (feel becomes fill,
deal becomes dill, etc) There used to be a wikipedia article on it, but it seems to have been deleted.
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Old 10-14-2009, 01:30 AM
 
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At least we (Californians) bother pronouncing them....
Exactly thank you!

This is what happens when you don't pronounce your R's......C-A-R gets changed to C-A-H, and P-A-R-K gets changed to P-A-H-K

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RbK4c...eature=related
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Old 10-14-2009, 02:56 AM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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This is a chicano-english dialect.
Yep... which is a very typical California accent, especially in the Southern part of the state.
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Ohio
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When I was in the Army years ago there were some guys from California in my unit.
Some of the things they described were different from what we Ohioans call.
They would call a soft drink "soda" and us from Ohio call it "pop" etc.
But as far as accent goes, they didn't sound any different than what I was used to.
I could tell the ones from southern states and even the different southern state accents.
I could tell who was from New York, Jersey, New England states, Pennsylvania, etc.
But the guys from CA sounded just like anyone from home in Ohio as far as accent.
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:26 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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so does flat speech sound like an accent to people from the South or from the Northeast?
Curiously when we came from Arkansas to the Plains I remember us thinking we had an accent and they didn't. From what I recall we felt like "having an accent" was good. It showed something distinctive or it showed character or your culture or something. Speaking "flat" struck us, maybe still strikes me even though I've spoken "flat" for years, as a sign we'd entered a dull place. Also maybe that we'd entered a place where the kids learned to speak mostly from TV. (Although that could be a judgment in hindsight)
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Old 10-14-2009, 04:40 AM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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Anyway as Wikipedia is used some here

California English - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

What it says of vowels sort-of fits what I was thinking, but was maybe not able to express. Also it seemed to indicate a "Californian accent(s)" is perhaps somewhat recent. The few Californians I've dealt with were college students.
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