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Old 03-05-2011, 12:16 AM
 
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I'll tell you one thing that's sort of weird. I moved out here to California about 10 years ago from TN. I got a TON of stares whenever I opened my mouth. I've since learned to keep it under control a bit. But anyway, quite a few of my friends live further out in the boonies. When you leave the major cities and get into some of the more native locations with families that have lived there a long time, I swear most of them sound almost exactly like me- a sort of Southern accent. My best guess is that a lot of them moved out here from the South and haven't lost the accents yet.
At my job, sometimes I have to call places outside of the south and most of the time I have no problems. I even get a compliment from time to time.

However, sometimes the person I am talking to starts to speak s-l-o-w-l-y and treats me like I am stupid. Now that is when I am fully aware of my accent. I try to "tone it down" when I get calls from outside of the south, but it just comes out and I can't help it...

But back on topic, there is an distinct upper midwestern accent, especially in Michigan, Minnesota, and northern Illinois and Indiana. I speak to people from those areas almost on a daily basis. I do not dislike their accent though. Different accents is what makes this country great! It would be boring if everyone sounded the same!
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:44 AM
 
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Which accent? The Midwest is a big place. Chicago has its own distinct accent, Minnesota has the "Fargo" accent, parts of Missouri/Illinois/Indiana/Ohio have southern accents, and Nebraska is known for having no accent at all. Please be more specific.
Seriously? Mo/IL/IN/OH have SOUTHERN accents? You don't spend much time in the South, do you. That's ok.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:46 AM
 
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Many accents converge upon the state of Wisconsin. Western Wisconsin has the full blown Minnesota accent, Northern Wisconsin has the Yooper accent, the central part of the state has a hybrid of the Yooper and Fargo accents, and the Southeastern part of the state has a diluted Chicago accent.
My step-father in law is from WI. His accent is like nails on a chalkboard...
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:50 AM
 
Location: at the foot of my mountain
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I don't mind the mid-western accent. Actually, I have friends in Buffalo that talk with that accent. IMO, it's certainly better than listening to a southern accent.
You aren't southern, are you?
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Old 07-10-2014, 09:22 AM
 
Location: Ohio, USA
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It's pretty much just the average American accent, except in Northern Michigan where everyone sounds Canadian.
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Old 07-10-2014, 10:23 AM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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Seriously? Mo/IL/IN/OH have SOUTHERN accents? You don't spend much time in the South, do you. That's ok.
Those states are all "transitional" for accents. Within each of those states, in the northern portions you will hear more of the upper Midwest accents, while in the far south of those states, it's definitely leaning southern. Ever go to the Ozark mountains of MO? Straight up hillbilly accents lol! And I've hear that in Indianapolis, the "accent line" between north and south runs through the city, so people in the northern suburbs are more "upper midwest" while southern suburbs are more southern in accent.
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Old 07-10-2014, 12:25 PM
 
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I have heard that news companies like to get their anchors from Iowa because of an almost complete lack of accent...
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Old 07-10-2014, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Denver, Colorado U.S.A.
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I have heard that news companies like to get their anchors from Iowa because of an almost complete lack of accent...
I think that's an "urban legend". I would imagine if you go into norther and NE Iowa, you'll hear an upper Midwest accent. I haven't spent enough time in IA to really know, but my bet is there isn't much accent, as with Nebraska. However, the entire western third of the U.S. has the "basic U.S." accent that is associated with "no accent". Like Denver, Seattle down to San Diego, Phoenix. Although that's still an accent. Just ask a Brit
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Old 07-10-2014, 06:22 PM
 
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I think that's an "urban legend". I would imagine if you go into norther and NE Iowa, you'll hear an upper Midwest accent. I haven't spent enough time in IA to really know, but my bet is there isn't much accent, as with Nebraska. However, the entire western third of the U.S. has the "basic U.S." accent that is associated with "no accent". Like Denver, Seattle down to San Diego, Phoenix. Although that's still an accent. Just ask a Brit
When I read about it, they listed examples... like quotes from station managers. It could be true for other places like the west as well.
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Old 07-10-2014, 08:38 PM
 
Location: Cedar Rapids
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I have heard that news companies like to get their anchors from Iowa because of an almost complete lack of accent...
Like who? News anchors come from all sorts of areas, like Washington DC, New York, Texas, etc.. they all tame their accents the same to sound general. No one scouts news anchors in Iowa.... Plus half of the people here are nasal anyway.

There is a more watered down upper-midwestern accent here in Iowa currently, but it is transitioning just like everywhere.. Places like Cleveland, etc sounded more like Iowa does now 50 years ago. The accents are becoming more polarized in the US.

Oh and for those of you commenting on Chicagoans - I don't think I saw anyone comment on the "lack" of the northern cities vowel shift in parts of DuPage county, specifically parts of Naperville, Elmhurst, Hinsdale, etc. More affluent caucasians in DuPage county talk more "general american" ... but it has more of a classy sophisticated sound to it, it's kind of a nice change, very educated and polite. However when you go to a suburb like Orland Park in the south, it is actually a much stronger vowel shift than say somewhere in the northern suburbs like Arlington Heights. Just my observations, tons of exceptions of course. Can anyone else give any input on that area?

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