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Old 10-13-2009, 11:42 AM
 
Location: Southern California
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I'm from CA and i can def tell when someone is from teh south, nyc, boston, new england, etc...but can you guys tell when someone is from CA. do we have an accent? cuz i have no clue. lol.
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:10 PM
 
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Yes, Californians have accents but different ones from NYers and others.
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:16 PM
 
Location: Southern California
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Can you tell right away?
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Old 10-13-2009, 12:25 PM
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Location: Queens, NY
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i can tell when a californian speaks for awhile...you guys IMHO over pronounce r's.

if you just said a few words here or there or if i didn't know that you were from cali in advance then i probably would just think that you were from somewhere in the midwest or the west but not any one particular place.
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Old 10-13-2009, 04:06 PM
 
Location: Upper East, NY
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Accents are relative. There is no baseline. The most common California difference with the East (besides the hard r) is the Mary-merry-marry merger. In the Western US, it's all the same. In the east, marry sounds like mairry and merry pronounces the e more clearly and both are longer than Mary.
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Old 10-13-2009, 05:20 PM
 
Location: Long Island/NYC
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Accents are relative. There is no baseline. The most common California difference with the East (besides the hard r) is the Mary-merry-marry merger. In the Western US, it's all the same. In the east, marry sounds like mairry and merry pronounces the e more clearly and both are longer than Mary.
That's funny because I say mary-marry-merry the same, sometimes merry comes out a little different though.

I could hear the over-pronounced R's in the Cali accent.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:23 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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California is big enough I think it likely has more than one accent. The few Southern Californians I've met had a bit of an accent. I'm not sure how to describe said accent though.

Also in some cases it's more what they say than how they say it that indicates their state. I think some expressions are used in California that aren't used much elsewhere. So on occasion I can tell if people typing online are Californian even though I obviously don't hear them.
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Old 10-13-2009, 09:33 PM
 
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perhaps the California pronunciations of "r" is related to the Spanish and Mexican heritage and the large Hispanic population we have? We were a Spanish colony while the East Coast was Dutch and British, etc.
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Southwest Washington
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YouTube - My Californian accent

This guy has a total California accent.
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Old 10-13-2009, 10:08 PM
 
Location: 30-40N 90-100W
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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.
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