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Old 03-18-2011, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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We clearly don't pronounce words with "ou" in it the same way, don't know how you can't tell the difference. Ask any Canadian to say house, south, mouth, or scout. The ou in those words would sound more like an "oa/uw" than an "ow" sound which is what you hear out of 99% of Americans. American: "Howse", Canadian: "Hoase/Huwse" .... etc. I find it extraordinary how we pronounce "ou" though, it's mind boggling because I think we're the only English speakers on earth that pronounce it this way (other than the Scots?). I find it odd since Ontario was the destination for millions of immigrants from England and the US and they both pronounce it as "ow". Did the Scots have that huge of a stranglehold on English speaking Canada? Amazing stuff.
Not all US residents say "ow." Most of us here in the northern states (Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northern Michigan) say it the same way as Canadians. It's not "aboot" though, it's a subtle difference.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:15 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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Not all US residents say "ow." Most of us here in the northern states (Dakotas, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Northern Michigan) say it the same way as Canadians. It's not "aboot" though, it's a subtle difference.
That's true. The Upper Midwest has had significant Scandanavian influence now that I think about it.. think that might have something to do with it? And yeah it's definitely not "aboot". I have heard "aboot" from Newfies though. Just do a search on Youtube lol.
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Old 03-20-2011, 11:59 AM
 
Location: Idaho
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I'm originally from Southern Ontario and have lived in the Pacific northwest of the U.S. for almost 9 years now. I'm told even to this day that I say 'aboot' for 'about'. I have also been asked if I'm from North Dakota, Wisconsin or Minnesota because I talk like someone from one of those states. Funny thing is that now when I hear someone from Southern Ontario talking (watching live broadcast news out of Ontario), I can hear the "accent"...lol. My son and I lost the "eh" when we moved here.

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Old 03-20-2011, 08:11 PM
 
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Click here Black Canadians - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:40 PM
 
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I think ckhthankgod sent me this. This is the about some of things that were going on the Black community in Nova Scotia in the 1970's. The accent sounds very different from what is heard in the USA. Furthermore,this video gives s deeper inside into one part of the Afro-Canadian community.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=amidAGB_Ct8

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HNrGV...eature=related

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQg_t...eature=related
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:53 PM
 
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They sound Irish ("whoite", "foight", the rolling r's...)

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Old 03-22-2011, 02:55 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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The accent sounds similar to what you hear from people in Minnesota. It's just a "Northern" accent, common to Canada and the extreme northern United States. Totally different from the AAVE/Southern accent of most African-Americans.
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Old 03-22-2011, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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The sound Irish ("whoite", "foight", the rolling r's...)
Not really Irish at all. That's your typical Canadian accent, known as "Canadian raising."
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:01 PM
 
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The accent sounds similar to what you hear from people in Minnesota. It's just a "Northern" accent, common to Canada and the extreme northern United States. Totally different from the AAVE/Southern accent of most African-Americans.
I also notice some of the accents have a slight Scottish influence to them.
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Old 03-22-2011, 03:21 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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NS is heavily irish influenced. We sound nothing like that over here in Ontario. The way Newfies sound almost directly resemble's the accent of those from Ireland and they're not too far from NS. Canadian raising is the way we pronounce "ou" in words. Scout, out, about, etc. What you're referring to is not an example of Canadian raising; it's simply how Scotians speak and is unique to the country.
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