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TwoFacedTanner
post Feb 26 2008, 08:28 PM
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I know some of you have spoken to me either on the phone(I/O) or on XBL(GFX,Pyrohazard)
So I'm sure you've heard it. Being from Alabama I think I have a slight one at least...

Anywho, I was curious as to where this accent came from.
A lot of people associate it with ignorance, and I'll be the first to tell you there are ignorant people here...just like anywhere else.

I'm going off subject here.

Ok, so I got to looking around, and according to wikipedia:

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Southern dialects substantially originated from immigrants from the British Isles who moved to the South in the 17th and 18th centuries. The South was predominantly settled by immigrants from the West Country[citation needed]in the southwest of England, the dialects of which have similarities to the Southern US dialects. Settlement also included large numbers of Protestants from Ulster and Scotland.


I don't live(apparently), and have never been to the British Isles...
So a question to those who do.
When you hear the accent of a southern man...or women...
Do you hear any resemblance at all to the peope or the "West Country"?
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post Feb 26 2008, 08:34 PM
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QUOTE(TwoFacedTanner @ Feb 26 2008, 08:28 PM) [snapback]1396099[/snapback]
I know some of you have spoken to me either on the phone(I/O) or on XBL(GFX,Pyrohazard)
So I'm sure you've heard it. Being from Alabama I think I have a slight one at least...

Anywho, I was curious as to where this accent came from.
A lot of people associate it with ignorance, and I'll be the first to tell you there are ignorant people here...just like anywhere else.

I'm going off subject here.

Ok, so I got to looking around, and according to wikipedia:

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Southern dialects substantially originated from immigrants from the British Isles who moved to the South in the 17th and 18th centuries. The South was predominantly settled by immigrants from the West Country[citation needed]in the southwest of England, the dialects of which have similarities to the Southern US dialects. Settlement also included large numbers of Protestants from Ulster and Scotland.


I don't live(apparently), and have never been to the British Isles...
So a question to those who do.
When you hear the accent of a southern man...or women...
Do you hear any resemblance at all to the peope or the "West Country"?


Not really. To be honest, the ulster accent sounds more like american than anything else in England. Although in the West country they do have rounded 'r's like americans.

I know the Aussie accent comes from cockney.
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post Feb 26 2008, 08:39 PM
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My roots lie in North Carolina.

And occassionaly the accent slips out.

I still do talk like a complete redneck anyway.





Back on topic, I guess there could be some correlation with the accent of the south and the British Isles. Though it must have changed over the past few hundred years and become its own dialect.


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post Feb 26 2008, 08:47 PM
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Yeah, myself, I always thought there was a connection.

But apparently not.
Maybe its the new accent thats coming around today.
I know my grandpa, who's from Virginia, says things like "I declare!" and pretty much speaks like Dr. Arliss Lovelace.

Thats how I wish we still spoke down here.
But now every comedian out there mocks it.
Kinda pisses me off.


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post Feb 26 2008, 08:50 PM
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I know exactly what you mean.

Even though I'm up here in NH, in some respects, it's exactly like the deep south. We have accents, and are a bunch of good old boys. And occassionally I do also see comedians ridicule southerners and it pisses me off as well.


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post Feb 26 2008, 09:22 PM
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Just because people in that part of America largely came from those parts of England etc doesn't mean the accents will bare any resemblance to each other. Americans just speak completely different to us full stop tbh.
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post Feb 26 2008, 10:22 PM
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But their accents developed from those peoples.
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post Feb 26 2008, 10:43 PM
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Read 'Made In America' by Bill Bryson. It gives fascinating insight into the origins of American accents and dialects.
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post Feb 27 2008, 02:50 AM
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God I cant take Southern accents. I can live with them, but they just sound stupid.
I swear to God I learned to hate people from Texas, and some southerners in boot camp because of their actions mixed with the accents.

Anyway, to get back on point, they are not all bad, but I also dont care for Brit accents.


I personally have an extremely annoying nasal Chicago accent though.


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post Feb 27 2008, 04:53 AM
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well up north my teacher told me your weird accent is a mix of the first southern settlers and blacks who were taken as slaves


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post Feb 27 2008, 06:08 AM
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QUOTE(Don Leone @ Feb 26 2008, 04:43 PM) [snapback]1396124[/snapback]
Read 'Made In America' by Bill Bryson. It gives fascinating insight into the origins of American accents and dialects.



I will definitely look into that thanks.
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post Feb 27 2008, 12:37 PM
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QUOTE(Devil Dog @ Feb 26 2008, 09:50 PM) [snapback]1396172[/snapback]
God I cant take Southern accents. I can live with them, but they just sound stupid.
I swear to God I learned to hate people from Texas, and some southerners in boot camp because of their actions mixed with the accents.

Anyway, to get back on point, they are not all bad, but I also dont care for Brit accents.


I personally have an extremely annoying nasal Chicago accent though.

I dunno man, I heard Rhode Island had pretty funny/annoying accents. It depends on how you look at it.


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post Feb 27 2008, 03:07 PM
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QUOTE(TwoFacedTanner @ Feb 27 2008, 06:08 AM) [snapback]1396207[/snapback]
QUOTE(Don Leone @ Feb 26 2008, 04:43 PM) [snapback]1396124[/snapback]
Read 'Made In America' by Bill Bryson. It gives fascinating insight into the origins of American accents and dialects.



I will definitely look into that thanks.


That's not all the book is about, but is pretty informative on the subject.
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post Feb 27 2008, 03:38 PM
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I don't know how the American accent came along, or any of the regional dialects. Because It sounds nothing like anything I've heard here. Even Aussies. Not even anything remotely similar tbh. Maybe some Irish sounds abit American, that's about it.

Anyway we all know the real way the language is spoken is how it's spoken in Southern England. Ie: Normal English
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I'm from the West Country and the accents pretty retarded although I don't have one apparently O_o


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QUOTE(Mek-Izzle @ Feb 27 2008, 03:38 PM) [snapback]1396314[/snapback]
Anyway we all know the real way the language is spoken is how it's spoken in Southern England. Ie: Normal English

Yea right..

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QUOTE(TwoFacedTanner @ Feb 26 2008, 03:47 PM) [snapback]1396109[/snapback]
Yeah, myself, I always thought there was a connection.

But apparently not.
Maybe its the new accent thats coming around today.
I know my grandpa, who's from Virginia, says things like "I declare!" and pretty much speaks like Dr. Arliss Lovelace.

Thats how I wish we still spoke down here.
But now every comedian out there mocks it.
Kinda pisses me off.

I'm from a country-ass part of Va, right near the border of Va and W. Va actually, and you can definitely tell from the way the old heads around here talk. A lot of those old terms crack me up though. The way all the rednecks talk that I work around rubs off on me sometimes, and I catch myself when I go to say things like "that here fella in warehouse" or "I'm tired as tarnations"...


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QUOTE(TwoFacedTanner @ Feb 26 2008, 08:28 PM) [snapback]1396099[/snapback]
I know some of you have spoken to me either on the phone(I/O) or on XBL(GFX,Pyrohazard)
So I'm sure you've heard it. Being from Alabama I think I have a slight one at least...

Anywho, I was curious as to where this accent came from.
A lot of people associate it with ignorance, and I'll be the first to tell you there are ignorant people here...just like anywhere else.

I'm going off subject here.

Ok, so I got to looking around, and according to wikipedia:

QUOTE
Southern dialects substantially originated from immigrants from the British Isles who moved to the South in the 17th and 18th centuries. The South was predominantly settled by immigrants from the West Country[citation needed]in the southwest of England, the dialects of which have similarities to the Southern US dialects. Settlement also included large numbers of Protestants from Ulster and Scotland.


I don't live(apparently), and have never been to the British Isles...
So a question to those who do.
When you hear the accent of a southern man...or women...
Do you hear any resemblance at all to the peope or the "West Country"?


Southern accents REALLY DO MY HEAD IN, NEVER TALK TO ME CHEERS.


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post Mar 14 2008, 07:49 PM
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people from atlanta sound retarded as fuck

New Orleans accent sound like a ghetto New York Accent... people here don't sound like rednecks they sound like some shit straght out of a fake ass NYC Gangster movie

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Southern accents REALLY DO MY HEAD IN, NEVER TALK TO ME CHEERS.
Even though that was complete ownage, british accents are worse than fucking atlanta accents

and New Orleans accents is not part of "Southern Accents"

QUOTE(basicked @ Feb 27 2008, 04:53 AM) [snapback]1396201[/snapback]
well up north my teacher told me your weird accent is a mix of the first southern settlers and blacks who were taken as slaves



your teacher is wrong white people don't get their accent from niggas

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post Mar 14 2008, 07:57 PM
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QUOTE(Thrilla in Manila @ Mar 14 2008, 02:49 PM) [snapback]1399234[/snapback]
people from atlanta sound retarded as fuck

New Orleans accent sound like a ghetto New York Accent... people here don't sound like rednecks they sound like some shit straght out of a fake ass NYC Gangster movie

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Southern accents REALLY DO MY HEAD IN, NEVER TALK TO ME CHEERS.
Even though that was complete ownage, british accents are worse than fucking atlanta accents

and New Orleans accents is not part of "Southern Accents"

QUOTE(basicked @ Feb 27 2008, 04:53 AM) [snapback]1396201[/snapback]
well up north my teacher told me your weird accent is a mix of the first southern settlers and blacks who were taken as slaves



your teacher is wrong white people don't get their accent from niggas


I always though the NO accent may have come from Cajun and Creole population.
And I know not everyone talks like that there.

And how was that ownage? Him saying the southern accent does his head in?
I just don't see it.
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