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Old 01-22-2014, 09:18 AM
 
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The thing is there is no such thing as an all-encompassing "Canadian" accent. As in the States, there are definite regional differences across Canada for both English and French speaking Canadians. As someone who grew up in the Ottawa area, people from Southern Ontario sound different to my ears (more "American" *gasp!). I can also discern a sound difference in Prairie and BCers' speech. Maritimers have (for me) the most obvious "accent". It's all pretty subjective, eh?

BTW, An interesting article in the National Post claims that the use of classic "canadianisms" and speech patterns is changing among younger people. So who knows in a few years we might all, like, sound the same - you know? :P

Don’t tell Bob and Doug: ‘Eh’ on the decline as young, urban Canadians adopt new expressions | National Post
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:13 PM
 
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To be honest every Canadian I've ever met sounds a little like bob and doug mckenzie. Sorry but a Canadian accent is very obvious.
C'mon, that's like me saying that ALL Americans sound like the characters in Fargo... I presume you've only encountered a fairly limited spectrum of Canadians. We shouldn't generalize, it's just plain silly.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:23 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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I don't think they do. One of my least favourite accents.
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Old 01-22-2014, 05:24 PM
 
Location: Melbourne, Australia
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Do Canadians not hear their accent?

Of course not. You probably don't hear yours either. Nobody anywhere hears their own accent and inflections unless they've had professional voice and speech training to train it out of them. Like Eliza Doolittle being trained by Henry Higgins to learn how to speak like a proper Lady. Otherwise there's no reason why Canadians would be any different from all people everywhere else in the world about noticing their own accents.


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Er what? While often I don't pay attention to my accent, I hear it's obviously Australian and not anything else. I'm more into linguistics than most but I'm no expert. I know the phonemic blueprint of the accent but it's mostly just by sound.
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Old 01-22-2014, 07:02 PM
 
Location: Both coasts
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I've said it before, the Canadian accent sounds lighthearted to me.

I've heard the newscasts there, and when you hear police officers or others of authoritative positions speak about serious topics or stories about crime, somehow it doesn't come off like "hard news" when you hear them speak. I mean this is in an enduring sense, so yes I kinda agree with the OP.

Conversely, some of the American talking heads sound absolutely combative, when they're just talking about celebrities.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:18 PM
 
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Typical Toronto teenage girl:
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:19 PM
 
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Typical Toronto teenage girl:
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:26 PM
 
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Here's another girl, she didn't say what part of Canada she lives in, though.
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Old 01-22-2014, 09:27 PM
 
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Here's another girl, she didn't say what part of Canada she lives in, though.
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Old 01-23-2014, 01:22 AM
 
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For those obsessed with accents this guy does a few from around America and the world Maybe by listening to American accents we can more define our Canadian accents.

35 Accents in the English Language - YouTube
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