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Old 07-05-2011, 10:54 PM
 
Location: In them thar hills
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I've been thinking about the Oklahoma accent lately so I googled and happened to find this thread.

The reason I've been thinking about it is The Rockford Files. I always thought James Garner was from Texas due to his accent, but I found out from Wikipedia that he's an Oklahoman. A lot of his pronunciation is just like Texans'-- not a Southern accent like you find in deep East TX, but the core Texas accent. I started thinking that TX and OK have essentially the same accent.

But here is why I'm replying to your post... In the show, James Rockford and his father are from Bakersfield originally, which was settled by a lot of Texans and Oklahomans during the Dust Bowl. So the Oklahoma accent is completely in character. It makes sense that Californians would think you were from the Central Valley.
There are still enclaves of this accent here. But they are dying out, awash in the massive in migration from places east of the Mississippi not to mention overseas.
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Old 07-10-2011, 06:52 PM
 
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This dialect map shows Oklahoma two distinct dialects and ..Inland South....like North Texas ....and Midland....like Kansas.

American English Dialects

I'm Inland South myself but I think I've run across Oklahomans that sound like a cross between a Texan and a Nebraskan which I assume is Midland..it's very subtle and hard to describe.

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Old 07-10-2011, 10:29 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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This dialect map shows Oklahoma two distinct dialects and ..Inland South....like North Texas ....and Midland....like Kansas.

American English Dialects

I'm Inland South myself but I think I've run across Oklahomans that sound like a cross between a Texan and a Nebraskan which I assume is Midland..it's very subtle and hard to describe.
Mortal sin.....don't ever compare us to Texicans or 'Braskans (Yankee voice).

We're Okies. The majority of us possess what other states would consider a Southern twang (different than a drawl, of course), but at the end of the day we're just Okies and quite fine with that without any outsiders trying to peg us down.
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Old 07-10-2011, 11:17 PM
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Location: Pawnee Nation
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This dialect map shows Oklahoma two distinct dialects and ...............
prob'ly written by a bunch of yankees that don't know any better than to try to make themselves look important. They really should know that Okies don't have an accent........but everyone else from everywhere else does.
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Old 07-18-2011, 12:21 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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prob'ly written by a bunch of yankees that don't know any better than to try to make themselves look important. They really should know that Okies don't have an accent........but everyone else from everywhere else does.
Amen and Amen.
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Old 07-18-2011, 08:15 AM
 
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And the same bunch that keeps going to every state thread and asking Is your state midwestern or southern?
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Old 07-18-2011, 10:20 AM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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And the same bunch that keeps going to every state thread and asking Is your state midwestern or southern?
Exactly! Tired old inquiries, mindless discussions.

That horse has been down, kicked, shot, kicked again, and buried for some time now.
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Old 08-06-2011, 07:31 PM
 
Location: Capitan, NM
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So is Oklahoma midwestern or southern?

Just kidding, Just kidding, Just kidding!
Sorry, couldn't help myself.
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Old 08-06-2011, 09:09 PM
 
Location: OKIE-Ville
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So is Oklahoma midwestern or southern?

Just kidding, Just kidding, Just kidding!
Sorry, couldn't help myself.


Not Midwestern.

Oklahoma is SOUTHWestern and shares some cultural affinity with New Mexico which is SouthWESTERN.

Plus, OK/TX are South-Central in the technical geographic sense.
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Old 08-06-2011, 10:17 PM
 
Location: Capitan, NM
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I've always considered it a southwestern state. I was surprised to see midwestern and especially southern.
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