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Old 02-24-2008, 10:38 PM   #21
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My family is from the midwest but my brother and I grew up in the South. I moved away after college; he is still there. His accent is profound...I have none unless I want to.

I lived in East TN, NC, TX and a few other states South of the Mason Dixon line. Each region had (has) a unique accent. There was a time when I could locate a native born person to within a few miles of his family home; but only within a couple of hundred mile area. The TX accent is actually a variation of one of the TN accents, as many of the original settlers came from TN or surronding areas. It melded with those of the middle Southern states (Arkansas, MO, etc.) over time and took on its' unique character. And yes, different parts of TX have unique accents too.

I fondly remember dating many a fair lady from the South who could melt your brain with a few words and a smile.

Ahhh....the good ole days.

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Old 02-25-2008, 07:10 AM   #22
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I haven't made it up to the northeast yet, although the people I meet here from Boston and New York definitely have that edge in their accent. However, in general, I've noticed that people in cities of any decent size seem to have only a twang of regional accent. I've always attributed that to co-mingling and influence from relos, tourists, and tv... However, get out into the country and I've often found that the regional dialect comes shining through, along with some stereotypes here and there.

Ja, sister has much stronger rural Minnesohta accent ten I to. Youse talk like a yooper, eh, Marquette poy?


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Yes, the regional accents within our state are getting harder to find. The one I could always pin in 3 words or less was the "Florence/Darlington" one. Finance Dude, that is the one your relatives from up around Dillon probably still have!
I'm pretty sure that Ben Bernanke doesn't still have his Flo/Darlin accent!
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Ja, sister has much stronger rural Minnesohta accent ten I to. Youse talk like a yooper, eh, Marquette poy?
Exactly... you get out into the iron range and you KNOW you're in Minnesota.

Same in the UP. You get away from Marquette and, well....
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Yes, there have been some disadvantages to the mass media and perhaps this is one of them. I'm very proud of my southern Alabama accent and will take it to the grave. As a teacher, I constantly encourage and compliment my kids southern drawl.

It still seems to be alive and well in my area of the south!
Why do you encourage it?
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New Orleans has it's own regional accent, called a "Yat" accent, and associated vernacular. Until one gets used to it, it sounds more like NYC than southern.

Only on TV do all native New Orleanians come out with that flowery Mississippi/Alabama/Georgia drawl.

I didn't think I had picked it up in the slightest, but in recent years several people have expressed honest surprise when I mention I was born elsewhere. Maybe I am picking it up from Frank and just don't realize it. He grew up in "da uppa Nint' wahd"! But he turns it on and off, since he does have a very rigorous educational background.
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Jeff Foxworthy tells a joke which essentially points out that when going in for major surgery, you'd feel much better about your doctor having a British accent than a Southern U.S. one. There was also an East Indian comedian who pointed out that the East Indian accent is not one that lends itself well to being "smooth and cool".

I wonder why it is that we tend to equate the Brits accent with higher intelligence than any other. Sure, it's "The Queens" english but it's not like that accent is devoid of local slang terms any more than any other accent.

I've also heard that foreign news broadcasters often choose Canadians as correspondents since the accent seems to be the middle ground that Europeans and North Americans both find relatively easy to understand eh.
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Ja, sister has much stronger rural Minnesohta accent ten I to. Youse talk like a yooper, eh, Marquette poy?
That's frightening-- a local friend grew up in Denmark but emigrated as an adult. He's in his 60s and has lived in Hawaii for nearly 40 years but still talks like that.

Our daughter can speak fluent pidgin. It freaks out the rest of the family and especially friends on the Mainland but it's sort of a Hawaii calling card. I guess she'll find her local college friends that way.

When we were making the Smithsonian circuit of DC a couple summers ago we had no problem picking out the Hawaii families... some even down to their island.


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