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Old 12-27-2009, 08:32 PM
 
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My roommate in Denver was from West Des Moines and he spoke with a southern drawl.
Haha, he must have been from the south originally, or had family or something that he picked it up from.

My mother's side of the family is from Des Moines and there's definitely NO southern accent in Des Moines. It was never a big draw from the south at any point, and Omaha the Quad Cities and Des Moines are actually the center of the "General American" accent (basically no accent). That's a big reason that a pretty unproportional number of national news anchors careers start in this region.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:34 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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Extreme southern IL residents sound like people from Kentucky and Tennessee. I don't see how Chicagoans sound southern?
Don't think of the stereotypical southern accent. Think more about the major southern cities.

A person from Chicago wouldn't stand out in the south as much as a person from the NE or even CA. Sometimes I can point them out, but it's kind of hard because their accents aren't significantly different from areas in the south.
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Old 12-27-2009, 08:51 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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I'm from Michigan, which sounds pretty similar to Chicago. I live in the Atlanta area. The accents are night and day, totally different from what I'm used to in Michigan. I've been to Nashville, Charlotte, Lexington, Louisville, Jacksonville, and Washington D.C., and none of these areas have an accent similar to Chicago. The cities that have similar accents/non-accents to Chicago are Detroit, Milwaukee, Des Moines, Cleveland, and Buffalo: all in the North.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:00 PM
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I'm from Chicago and have often been accused of having some of the accent (mixed with a bit of New England linguistic holdovers, specifically related to my somewhat tenuous relationship with the letter 'r'), and have never once been told I sound like I'm from the south by any of my friends who are actually from the south. In fact, as one who has traveled a bit in the south, I'm utterly perplexed by the notion that Chicago speech, part of the linguistic region of the US known as the Inland North, could be confused with a southern accent.

That being said, a lot of African Americans in Chicago have southern roots, and due to our history of southern migration and segregation, that is noticeable in the accents of many African Americans in the Chicago area.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:02 PM
 
Location: IN
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The "northern cities shift" accent with varients stretches from the Dakotas south to Iowa and east to Ohio. Do I like it? It is not horrible. The more intense versions of it (the harsh empahsis of some vowels) can get tiresome.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:02 PM
 
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I know the midwest gets an occasional bashing but we do have a distinct accent. Anyone like it. I wanted to shred the accent years ago but now decided its as distinct as any accent from any other part of the country.

the movie Fargo had some of the accent.
I dont like it. Of particular annoyance the pronouciation of the word roof - sounds like ruff and it drives me crazy!
I also am always thrown off kilter by the ending of a sentence with the word with - as in "she will come with" WTH?
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:13 PM
 
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I dont like it. Of particular annoyance the pronouciation of the word roof - sounds like ruff and it drives me crazy!
I also am always thrown off kilter by the ending of a sentence with the word with - as in "she will come with" WTH?
I've lived in the Midwest my whole life, and I don't think I've ever heard "ruff" for "roof." Also, ending a sentence with the word "with" - where is that common? I'm not familiar with it.
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Old 12-27-2009, 09:26 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Roof rhymes with good, soot, and foot, but not food. I say "wanna come with" all the time.
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Old 12-27-2009, 10:48 PM
 
Location: Underneath the Pecan Tree
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I'm from Chicago and have often been accused of having some of the accent (mixed with a bit of New England linguistic holdovers, specifically related to my somewhat tenuous relationship with the letter 'r'), and have never once been told I sound like I'm from the south by any of my friends who are actually from the south. In fact, as one who has traveled a bit in the south, I'm utterly perplexed by the notion that Chicago speech, part of the linguistic region of the US known as the Inland North, could be confused with a southern accent.

That being said, a lot of African Americans in Chicago have southern roots, and due to our history of southern migration and segregation, that is noticeable in the accents of many African Americans in the Chicago area.
Agreed. It's more easier to understand what I'm saying by listening to black southerners and Midwesterners.
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Old 12-28-2009, 01:42 AM
 
Location: Long Island via Chapel Hill NC, Go Heels?
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The midwestern accents remind me of granny patsy sewing needle and thread. Whoever said the accents were physically arousing... HOW SO?
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