America's Regional Dialects

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  1. Hal Pollner

    Hal Pollner Very Well-Known Member
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    The dialect that I recognize most quickly is the Boston Accent.

    Not so apparent is the New York City accent, but the Deep South accents and the Texas/Oklahoma accents are readily apparent to me.


    Strangely, I can't tell if there is a Southwest accent as from New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, and Southern California.

    I don't believe that Nebraska has any accent at all, normal or otherwise.

    That's it.....
    H.P.
     
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  2. Ken Anderson

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    Maine has a pretty distinct accent, although not very many people exhibit it anymore. When I first moved here, I couldn't understand what our handyman was saying to me. He was pronouncing "quarters" as "kwahtahs," and I had him repeat it a couple of times and still didn't know what he was saying. The absence of accents on television has had a lot to do with the decline in accents, I think. Growing up in the UP of Michigan, I didn't think that we had an accent but a few people have guessed that I was from the UP despite not having lived there in years.
     
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    Even as an outsider , some accents are instantly recognisable to me ..Boston is one..New jersey/ New york... ( of course I couldn't tell which part)... Texas.. and the Carolinas ( I had friends who lives in different parts of the Carolinas.. )...I can usually tell a Canadian accent from an American..although again, I suspect the edges are blurred, the closer to the border Canadians and American folks live...
     
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    I've often been"accused" of being from Wisconsin! Why, I dunno. Many say I have a definite accent, but can't/won't place it.

    I've wondered if it could be due to the fact that in my pre-teens, my best friend and I spoke often pronouncing words spelled backwards, such as "zdraw-kab".
    Frank
     
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    Maine -- and I think Boston -- have a phrase they use that drives me nuts. It's "So don't I."

    It's used like this:

    Someone says, "I just love chocolate."

    The Maine response to that, assuming you also love chocolate, is, "So don't I."
     
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    We were once at a restaurant in Vancouver, BC, Canada. The server said to me, "You're from North Carolina, aren't you?" I said, "Yes, how did you know?" He said he lived here for a while and once you hear that accent, you never forget it. :D
     
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    I get that. Ken and I lived in Fayetteville for a couple of years when my daughter needed support. Ken didn't want to go, and in fact, I will not ever forget how he expressed that. He said, "If I were to write up a list of places I don't want to live, North Carolina would be on the first page." :)

    But we went anyway, It was great, I thought. We each had two jobs, which was a huge difference from Maine, where there simply were no jobs.

    Anyway, we were in an accident in Halifax, NC, and got a tow from a man in Rocky Mount. As we settled into the front seat of the truck, he started taking, and though I don't remember what he said, I DO remember thinking he sounded just like Andy Griffith. I was right. :)
     
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  8. Hal Pollner

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    As for foreign accents, I would say that Australian is like British on steroids!

    Hal
     
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    I probably have a very slight accent since I was 5 before I spoke English but most people think it's an East Coast accent. :)

    Maybe it's just a Pittsburgh accent. I don't hear it.
     
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