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Old 04-24-2012, 10:28 PM   #51
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Interesting post CWS. I never knew any of that.

What do people from California sound like? I grew up here. If I have any accent it is surely Californian.

I like to think we Californians speak unaccented US English, but as it was said earlier, people cannot sense their own accent.

Admittedly we Californians have some "speechisms" that are tells. They are often exaggerated in TV and movies ("Gag me with a spoon," never heard that except on TV or in movies.)
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Interesting post CWS. I never knew any of that.

What do people from California sound like? I grew up here. If I have any accent it is surely Californian.

I like to think we Californians speak unaccented US English, but as it was said earlier, people cannot sense their own accent.

Admittedly we Californians have some "speechisms" that are tells. They are often exaggerated in TV and movies ("Gag me with a spoon," never heard that except on TV or in movies.)
Thirty years ago, the California accent was considered to be "the neutral US accent". There were so many people from other places that the differences got rounded off. But, nowadays there are enough California natives that an accent is developing.
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...I like to think we Californians speak unaccented US English...
Nah. We New Englanders speak unaccented English. It's the rest of the country that talks funny.
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Thirty years ago, the California accent was considered to be "the neutral US accent". There were so many people from other places that the differences got rounded off. But, nowadays there are enough California natives that an accent is developing.
I don't understand that. Fewer and fewer of the people I meet in California are native to California. It seems that most native Californians left on the boat. Maybe I'll do that too, a new boat leaves every day.

It would be interesting to know the statistic which states are declining most in native born population. I can't imagine California not being near the top.

I can't imagine why I'm still here except that the fruit drops near the tree.
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I imagine a hefty percentage of Californians have Hispanic influences in their speech. That has to work its way into the accent of the general population eventually.
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I don't understand that. Fewer and fewer of the people I meet in California are native to California. It seems that most native Californians left on the boat. Maybe I'll do that too, a new boat leaves every day.

It would be interesting to know the statistic which states are declining most in native born population. I can't imagine California not being near the top.

I can't imagine why I'm still here except that the fruit drops near the tree.
My data are probably out of date. The balance may be shifting.
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A hefty percentage of Californians are from Mexico or south of there. No native about it. Part of the reason why so many native Californians are leaving for points north and east...

Really, my best Spanish is barely beyond ordering food at Mexican restaurants. ĦAy chihuahua!

(I don't really know what that means. It took me 5 minutes to figure out how to make the upside down exclamation mark. If I had to do it again it would still take me 5 minutes. Does 'caramba' mean anything different than 'chihuahua?' -- I had to use my spell checker twice to spell the dog breed. I'd have to use the spell checker again if I wanted to use it a third time.)
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It's important to realize that most people with an accent/dialect...can't hear it! When they see it written out, they know they absolutely don't say it that way. My sisters and I used to drive one of my dad's work-study students nuts, asking him to say different things. He was from Boston and we were incorrigible.
We take great pride in our accent. We still call it tonic, don't pronounce our "R", have rotaries, and many more. To really understand us I would suggest you go to the following site. It is really wicked on spot.

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Nah. We New Englanders speak unaccented English. It's the rest of the country that talks funny.
As I tell tourists who seemed to be amused with my 'so called accent', we were the first here with the Pilgrims, so we started the English language here. What the rest of you folks do with it is your own fault.
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We take great pride in our accent. We still call it tonic, don't pronounce our "R", have rotaries, and many more. To really understand us I would suggest you go to the following site. It is really wicked on spot.

The Wicked Good Guide to Boston English
He loved us, John was so tolerant of us and enjoyed our company. He became a nurse, is now a doctor and still a friend of the family. He still has an accent, despite living in this part of the country for 45 years.
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