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2013-05-12 09:18:04 AM  
3 votes:
The map kind of fails to show the linguistic diversity of the Maritime provinces. Anyone can tell a Cape Bretoner does not sound the same as a mainlander. Also, NS has a big region that's predominantly French speaking along the Bay of Fundy.

Newfoundland looks about right, except the accent shouldn't be the same colour as the rest ofr Atlantic Canada.  Anyone raised outside of the Avalon penninsula is nigh on impossible to understand.

To those who've never heard the rural Newfoundland outport accent, think of two Irish twins who made up their own  language from early childhood, are still speaking it as adults, but have been drinking since before noon.
2013-05-12 02:06:35 AM  
2 votes:

DreamSnipers: Western, lived in the West all my life. The rest of Y'all sound weird.

As an Army Brat raised in the South and Texas, by a Grandmother from Mizzoura, and then moved from Texas up to Maine and the wilds of Yankeeland, no matter where I go I sound weird. Maine and Mass have smoothed off some of the drawl, and yet, I can slip into a Down East accent fair quick, and then back into a hahd Bostonian in a flash. The nice thing about being an Army Brat is that you pick up local color as a survival trait. Drop me in Florida, and leave me on Calle Ocho, and I slip into the cadence in a day or two. Dropped into Phoenix, my Texas twang came back, because it's easier to be a roving Texican than a Masshole. Up in Colorado, it smoothed back to a bit more of a drawl, because there were so damn many other Southerners roaming the mountain--of course, it got confused a bit when the Filipinos we worked with started in with Tagalog and messed up my more Cubanized Spanish.

Accents and dialect are ways we cement where we come from, who we identify with, who we present ourselves to be. We adopt bits and pieces of accents we are exposed to, and can do it quickly if we apply ourselves, because it's a natural way to fit in. It is as much a way to designate ourselves a part of the troop we're with.

filter: What I find amusing in general about American 'dialects' is how judgmental people get.

That's absolutely natural. Accent places you, not just regionally, but social class as well. It is an imprint on speech patterns that is supposed to place you, and folks identify that place fair quick. It is exactly what we're trained to do, and it is part of our social wiring. Here and abroad. Aussies do it. The English do it. The French do it. Multiplicities of Africans do it, as do the Chinese. It's not just Americans; humans get social cues from speech patterns that identify you with place and region, and social class. We learn what those patterns mean as we grow, but it is a natural part of how we process social cues. We are naught but apes who wandered, a lot, and we can tell a lot by how far that speech is different than our own. Different tribe, different troupe, different part of the social hierarchy, and it's less amusing, than a natural outgrowth of our being social apes.
2013-05-12 12:16:34 AM  
2 votes:
Any map that says all of English Canada West of Quebec has the same dialect is wrong.

/Mind you, I've drank a lot tonight and I may not be getting the difference between accents and dialects in this case...
2013-05-11 11:58:14 PM  
2 votes:
People from CT have no accent, we are the standard by which all others are measured.

/that is all
2013-05-11 09:44:19 PM  
2 votes:
FTA:  Pennsylvania is the most linguistically complex state in the country.

WHO HOO!!!    From Pittsburgh and this makes me proud.  Had a linguistic professor once pinpoint my origins from one sentence: The rose bush needs pruned.

/old CSS
2013-05-12 07:05:19 AM  
1 vote:

raerae1980: FTA:  Pennsylvania is the most linguistically complex state in the country.

WHO HOO!!!    From Pittsburgh and this makes me proud.  Had a linguistic professor once pinpoint my origins from one sentence: The rose bush needs pruned.

/old CSS

I have the luxury of having grown up and gone to school across PA. I grew up with PA Dutch Grandparents, and near Amish country, so I experienced the PA Dutch linguistic influences a lot. Now I live in Pittsburgh, which also has its own unique regional pocket - within the Allegheney Midland pocket - Within the midlands! Very interesting place. Need a little time in the north-east of the state to round it out.
2013-05-12 02:27:25 AM  
1 vote:

Bonzo_1116: AirForbes1: OscarTamerz: So in all of California only Frisco has a different accent which is differentiated by whether on rhymes with Dawn or Don, which I've never heard pronounced differently.

The clearest indication somebody ISN'T from San Francisco or the Bay Area is if they call it "Frisco". I've been living in the New York metropolitan area since 2008 and I refuse to call Manhattan "The City", because to me San Francisco will always be The City.


The best way to tell if a Californian is from northern or southern California is to ask them directions to their house.

If they say something like "Take the 5 to the 110 north, then go left at the xxxx exit" they're from southern California.  If they say "Take 101 north, then get on 880..." they're from the Bay Area.  Our freeways down here are THE freeways.

And y'know if your linguistic analysis failed, you'd know where they live, which is also a good way to find out where they live.
2013-05-12 12:59:50 AM  
1 vote:
His work on Canada sucks.Seriously if you are going to have that many sub-dialects for some of the American states then you don't get only two english Canadian and 1-2 French Canadian dialects, and only note Irish Newfoundland as an exception to the Atlantic Provinces. Newfoundland gets it's own sub-dialect, if not more than one. Cape Breton gets its own. Each of the Maritime provinces have a different dialect, and I'd argue there are some distinct ones sub-provincially as well. Same elsewhere. People from southern Ontario sound different than those from Northern Ontario, sound different from Manitoba, etc.
2013-05-12 12:15:48 AM  
1 vote:
From Des Moines, IA. I speak GAE, the rest of you rubes need to learn to speak proper American English.
2013-05-12 12:06:48 AM  
1 vote:
The Baltimore accent is not the same as a south Jersey accent.

/gotta love that thick Essex accent hun.
2013-05-12 12:05:27 AM  
1 vote:
My future in laws are from upstate NY and to me their accent is Minnesota like. I am a native San Diegan and they tell me I say the word "dollar" weird but they can't explain how. The future Mrs. titwrench has almost lost her accent but it comes right back as soon as she gets around family.
2013-05-11 11:54:37 PM  
1 vote:

Popcorn Johnny: This is bullshiat, in the last year, I've lived in Michigan, Illinois and Missouri and everybody talks the same.

Large city or relatively rural? There is a significant difference (I've lived in both M's, and there is a distinct difference).
2013-05-11 11:53:59 PM  
1 vote:
Repeat from a few years ago.
2013-05-11 11:43:46 PM  
1 vote:
Yeah but is it, Duck-Duck-Goose or Duck-Duck-Grey Duck?

...and is it grey or gray?
2013-05-11 11:35:10 PM  
1 vote:
This is pretty cool.

Basically, if you talk like everyone else sings, you're not one of the freaks.
2013-05-11 09:57:26 PM  
1 vote:

joshiz: Cool find. Although there are even more sub-dialects. After living in Northern California there is a definite northern california dialect vs. southern california dialect although that map lumps them together.

Now I live in Chicago and while the accent is very similar, I can tell if people are from Michigan right away.

What? An east coast centric map? The hell you say.

Certainly the folk of Ukiah speak the same language as those of Portland.
2013-05-11 09:56:25 PM  
1 vote:

raerae1980: FTA:  Pennsylvania is the most linguistically complex state in the country.

WHO HOO!!!    From Pittsburgh and this makes me proud.  Had a linguistic professor once pinpoint my origins from one sentence: The rose bush needs pruned.

/old CSS

My uncle lives in Pittsburgh. When he visits, he commonly asks, "What have yinz been up to?"

/"yinz" pronounced like "you-inz" for the uninitiated
//get your dirty hands away from my pop
2013-05-11 07:14:34 PM  
1 vote:

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