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Old 06-27-2011, 03:50 PM
 
Location: Caribou, Me.
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Yes, the Valley folks have a distinct accent (some of them live in other parts of the County, or downstate, so you can hear it there too.) They're French.
You can find that downeast accent in the County, but it's more common to find it in combination with the inland one. That "mix" is the predominant accent outside of the Valley. There are also some people who just have the inland accent.
Collins does have some speech issues which make her a poor example of anything.
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Old 06-27-2011, 04:38 PM
 
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Susan Collins suffers from something called Spasmotic Dysphonia. She can't help the way she talks and any accent she may have is unique to her alone.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:09 PM
 
Location: West Michigan
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Susan Collins suffers from something called Spasmotic Dysphonia. She can't help the way she talks and any accent she may have is unique to her alone.
Exactly right.

Susan doesn't sound a thing like the rest of her family. Sam, her brother, has a different speech pattern as well that is different than either their Father or the other brother I know.
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Old 06-27-2011, 08:37 PM
 
Location: Forests of Maine
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... Apparently, the Eastern New England accent or "Maine accent" can be heard up and down the Maine coast from Kittery to at least Bar Harbor.
That far?

'up and down the coast' all the way from Kittery to Bar Harbor?

LOL



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... In Maine, I've never traveled further north than Portland, but I still remember hearing the accent in almost every community that I visited ...
Well, there you are. You have clearly traveled 95% of Maine, you have seen it all.

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Old 06-28-2011, 05:03 AM
 
Location: Behind You!
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More of a pronounced "R" and enunciated words as opposed to the rest of us who speak normally. Same with Ms Collins.
HAH! Awesome
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:00 AM
 
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The "Maine accent" is fast disappearing south of Portland, although you can still hear it commonly along the coast all the way up to Calais. It's the remnant of the English accent the original settlers had -- my English cousins say it's very similar to the accent around the Bristol region there. The St. John Valley accent is French-Canadian, the accent you hear in people who grew up speaking French. Inland Maine has sort of a "non-accent" to my ear that perhaps is the inland North accent the OP is talking about.

I had a long discussion once with a person who insisted that the Valley accent was the same as the coastal accent. Could not get him to see that the accent in Madawaska is very difference from the accent in Jonesport.
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Old 06-28-2011, 06:54 AM
 
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Originally Posted by retiredtinbender
More of a pronounced "R" and enunciated words as opposed to the rest of us who speak normally. Same with Ms Collins.



Do you really think there is such a thing as speaking normally? What exactly is "normally?" Normally for who?
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:01 AM
 
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Originally Posted by WhatUpFLA
... Apparently, the Eastern New England accent or "Maine accent" can be heard up and down the Maine coast from Kittery to at least Bar Harbor.



.. In Maine, I've never traveled further north than Portland, but I still remember hearing the accent in almost every community that I visited ...

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That far?

'up and down the coast' all the way from Kittery to Bar Harbor?

LOL


Well, there you are. You have clearly traveled 95% of Maine, you have seen it all.


Don't leave out Washington County, please.
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:10 AM
 
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I don't think of Sen. Collins as having an accent. I know of nobody else that speaks as she does. She has a pronounced lisp and shortness of breath.

One conclusion I have made about Maine's coastal accent is all children learned to speak from people who had colds. Think about that. A linguistic professor at UMO was intrigued by the idea, I don't know if he ever pursued it.
ok, I've thought about it. These comments about coastal colds and learning to speak are two of the most ridiculous things I have ever read--we're all entitled to our opinions I guess.

Apparently the cold epidemic spread inland and affected Ashley from Madawaska. Talk about nasal...
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Old 06-28-2011, 07:25 PM
 
Location: 3.5 sq mile island ant nest next to Canada
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Originally Posted by retiredtinbender
More of a pronounced "R" and enunciated words as opposed to the rest of us who speak normally. Same with Ms Collins.



Do you really think there is such a thing as speaking normally? What exactly is "normally?" Normally for who?
Me. Who else? You don't think I'm normal?
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