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Old 02-01-2019, 12:21 PM
Location: State of Transition
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Originally Posted by Chowhound View Post
The first dude, JVR, I think all of the time he's spending in America's hat is rubbing off on him a touch. I'm picking u a slight slight change in the way he speaks from the second dude.

People subconsciously start picking up local / regional dialects sometimes.
Definitely. But I could hardly understand the first guy. He kind of swallows his words, or something. That makes it difficult to detect any accent; he's hard to listen to.
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Old 02-01-2019, 02:52 PM
Location: Arvada, CO
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Originally Posted by SeaOfGrass View Post
Fun quiz, by the way. I've lived in the same area my whole life, Southern California, but apparently my accent is more Northern California and Seattle.
I did one that pegged me perfectly. It told me that I was from either Corona, Sacramento, or Santa Rosa.

I am indeed from Corona.
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Old 02-01-2019, 09:22 PM
Location: The edge of the world and all of Western civilization
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Originally Posted by CA4Now View Post
But where did they learn to speak? (i.e. where did they live under the age of around 3-4 years.) To me, the second guy appears to have a much more "Joy-Z" accent.
That wouldn't make a difference, because that's not how language acquisition and development works. Children and early adolescents adapt language styles from their peers and surroundings, even in communities within metro areas which can yield multiple accents originating in a single city. A child could be born in a small town in Mississippi or Kentucky, where those grating accents may be the norm, and live life naturally speaking in that dialect. That family could then uproot and move to a larger city in the West while that child is 8 or 9, and over the next several years, assuming the child interacts with people aside from family, the accent will likely disappear. Even at a later age your accent can shift if you're removed enough from exposure, or even intentional accent reduction.
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