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View Poll Results: What is Kansas City?
Midwestern 94 61.44%
Transitional from Midwest to West 53 34.64%
Western 6 3.92%
Voters: 153. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-22-2017, 07:27 AM
 
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I have always thought of KC as being the beginning of the west.
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:35 AM
 
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I have always thought of KC as being the beginning of the west.
Its climate is almost entirely similar to the eastern US, though- especially in terms of annual precipitation amounts.
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Old 01-22-2017, 11:16 AM
 
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I've come to the conclusion that most KC region locals assume that they don't have accents either, until they start traveling to many different areas of the country. Most of the Midwest has the northern cities vowel shift accent, (Great Lakes region). This extends westward into portions of Minnesota and eastern Iowa as well. Many would argue the I-80 corridor is a key delineation line between mostly neutral accents with some northern influences, whereas the I-70 corridor is more mixed overall. The Ohio Valley is somewhat similar to KC in this regard as well. The Northwoods has a mixture of the northern cities vowel shift combined with the Canadian raising of vowel sounds as well. This is more common in rural areas, the Twin Cities metro area has some of that mixed in, but is fading with younger generations.
Most of the Midwest does not have NCVS
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Old 01-22-2017, 11:26 AM
 
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Most of the Midwest does not have NCVS
The largest cities in the Midwest that have the most population often tend to have it in various components. See Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, etc.
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Old 01-22-2017, 05:55 PM
 
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The largest cities in the Midwest that have the most population often tend to have it in various components. See Chicago, Detroit, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Madison, etc.
That's not most of the Midwest. Larger city centers exist outside of those anyway.

Most of the Midwest is covered by the Midland dialects.
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Old 01-22-2017, 06:08 PM
 
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That's not most of the Midwest. Larger city centers exist outside of those anyway.

Most of the Midwest is covered by the Midland dialects.
Most in terms of geographical area, but not in total population as a whole.
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Old 01-22-2017, 07:48 PM
 
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Most in terms of geographical area, but not in total population as a whole.
How so? Are we including the entire states of Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, and Wisconsin as part of this? Because in none of those states does NCVS predominate. Even Michigan the most NCVS influenced state after New York isn't fully NCVS speaking (the entire UP has its own dialect and it extends slightly into the Northern LP).
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Old 01-23-2017, 05:27 AM
 
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Even if we do suppose that some kind of slight drawl exists in KC, wouldn't that preclude being Western? I mean as far as I know wasn't the South the smallest influence on the West compared to the Midwest and the the Northeast? I feel like the Western states have way less Southern influence than even some Midwestern regions.
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Old 01-23-2017, 08:49 AM
 
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Even if we do suppose that some kind of slight drawl exists in KC, wouldn't that preclude being Western? I mean as far as I know wasn't the South the smallest influence on the West compared to the Midwest and the the Northeast? I feel like the Western states have way less Southern influence than even some Midwestern regions.
KC's drawl is very minimal, but it's there. I can tell pretty easily after living on the east coast for a while and when I lived in KC, people visiting from the west or east coast would mention that KC does have a slight drawl.

KC is still not western though. The city is Midwestern and if anything would lean eastern more than western.
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Old 01-23-2017, 09:11 AM
 
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KC is still not western though. The city is Midwestern and if anything would lean eastern more than western.

This. ^^^^
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