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What American accent do you have?
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New York City. You are most definitely from New York City. Not New Jersey, not Connecticut. If you are from Jersey then you can probably get into New York City in 10 minutes or less.

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We're going to start with "cot" and "caught." When you say those words do they sound the same or different?





Hm. I tried to answer with the British accent I was taught in (Dutch) school. How come that turned out NY?
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On May 1st, 2011 09:07 am (UTC), triciasullivan commented:
psssst...something odd happened with your html... :-)
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On May 1st, 2011 09:17 am (UTC), bnbalder replied:
Aargh! Tnx!
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On May 1st, 2011 12:37 pm (UTC), lindenfoxcub commented:
heh, that thing's pretty accurate; pegged me for canadian. I doubt it would catch a newfie, though.
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On May 2nd, 2011 07:54 am (UTC), bnbalder replied:
Accurate for native speakers, I bet!
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On May 1st, 2011 10:48 pm (UTC), meko00 commented:
Heh. I got the same result. Of course, I don't think I've ever actually said "pasta" in English. But my British accent was up to snuff for my English pronunciation credits at uni, so...

But seriously, it's not geared towards non-native speakers who patterned themselves after a British accent. And it's not as if there is just one accent for native New Yorkers. But the New England accents are generally thought to be more English than the rest. And this is just vowel sounds IIRC, and only in vague, layman's terms. I found an archive for you: web.ku.edu/~idea/index.htm
/phonetics geek
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On May 2nd, 2011 07:56 am (UTC), bnbalder replied:
Love that archive!

For native New Yorkers Archie Bunker plays in my head. White Native New Yorkers, that is.

And for Boston I have Faith, and old movies.

I watched CArrie with my daughter the other day, and apart from being appalled at the lack of pace and terror, we noticed the completely different Am. English being spoken at that time. Only 30 or 40 years ago!
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On May 2nd, 2011 07:31 pm (UTC), meko00 replied:
I'm glad you like it too. I know that there are other archives around, for instance:
bl.uk/learning/langlit/sounds/index.html
sounds.bl.uk/maps/Accents-and-dialects.html mith.umd.edu/vada/
accent.gmu.edu/

And I came across a recording of Virginia Woolf a few weeks ago: dialectblog.com/2011/03/12/stage-accents-real-accents/

Mmm, old movies. And yes, things change.
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