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Old 08-16-2010, 06:07 PM
 
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I heard that a lot living in the Northeast. However the "ll" isn't drawn out like I hear down south, it's more of a "yaw" or "yah"
In the South, it's always been pronounced "yawl", and I've lived here my whole life. What other pronounciation would you think it would be?
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:08 PM
 
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yeah, in the NE its yawll. like how we say aw or raw. (think in your head how a nyer would pronounce aw, raw, etc.)

in the south its yaowll. like ow. pow. etc.

in the rest of the country its pronounced like yall. like how ppl in the midwest pronounce all, call, ball, etc. more of an ah sound.
I have never heard ANY southerner saying "Y'all" in the manner of "YOWL". Are you serious?
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:12 PM
 
Location: Orlando - South
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american regional accents are becoming less and less regional. I hear people in the south with new york accents, people in NY who talk like their from california and people in the NW have southern accents. Eventually they will al blend into the general american accent. No matter what regional accent you have, anyone from around thw world can tell its the American accent.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:13 PM
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I have never heard ANY southerner saying "Y'all" in the manner of "YOWL". Are you serious?
the south is large. what part of the south are you from?

and yes, i'm serious. maybe i should get my gf to say it on tape... i'd have to be covert but yeah...
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:14 PM
 
Location: Washington D.C. By way of Texas
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In Texas, Ya'll is pronounced like Yao as in Yao Ming in many parts or Yaw and you say it quick. Yes, you hear it big in Chicago.
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:14 PM
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In Texas, Ya'll is pronounced like Yao as in Yao Ming in many parts or Yaw and you say it quick. Yes, you hear it big in Chicago.
i rest my case (although i wasn't talking about texas but this poster hit the nail on the head with the pronunciation i've heard in the SE).
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:34 PM
 
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the south is large. what part of the south are you from?

and yes, i'm serious. maybe i should get my gf to say it on tape... i'd have to be covert but yeah...
I'm from Georgia, and I've never heard any southerner, regardless of state, say "Yowl".
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Old 08-16-2010, 06:36 PM
 
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i rest my case (although i wasn't talking about texas but this poster hit the nail on the head with the pronunciation i've heard in the SE).
You didn't hear that in the southeast.

YOWL?

It's always been "Yawl", even to the most southern-sounding of individuals, or the least southern-sounding of individuals. The difference is in how long they drag out the syllables.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:05 PM
 
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yeah, in the NE its yawll. like how we say aw or raw. (think in your head how a nyer would pronounce aw, raw, etc.)

in the south its yaowll. like ow. pow. etc.

in the rest of the country its pronounced like yall. like how ppl in the midwest pronounce all, call, ball, etc. more of an ah sound.
or even the lovely "youse". Y'all? Not unless they were transplants from the South.
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Old 08-16-2010, 07:29 PM
 
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I tend to here "you guys" in Chicago from the white population, and definitely "ya'all" among the black population.
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