do you have a southern accent?

  • ZakSayWhat

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    Feb 01, 2015 12:53 PM GMT
    if so, please talk dirty to me
  • rnch

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    Feb 01, 2015 4:24 PM GMT
    Contrary to what many uninformed people believe; there is not just ...one..."southern accent".

    Here in New Orleans there are at least 7 different, distinct accents.

    Hollywood voice coaches seem to believe that if they teach an actor to talk slow, stupidly and slur their consonants then they are sounding southern.

    The voice coach on "The Big Easy" should had been shot at sunrise.



    But....having said all of the above....the proper "southern" accent in my ear can "melt my butter" also.




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  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 01, 2015 4:38 PM GMT
    True, but maybe true for any distinctive accent. Henry Higgins? I have a Savannah accent but mine has an almost Boston sound to southern ears. Not to Bostonians. It's an amalgam of English, Irish and old Georgian slightly watered down by years in New England. Big Easy likewise is an earthy mix of 6 or 7 influences. I hear Rhett Butler wasn't received in Charleston's better families because he talked like a Yankee.
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    Feb 01, 2015 4:47 PM GMT
    rnch saidContrary to what many uninformed people believe; there is not just ...one..."southern accent".

    True! I lived in the Old South for over 14 years, courtesy of the Army, in various States. Each has their individual accent, though much of that distinction is fading away today. I believe it's due to mass communications, greater travel, and the "scatter effect" as Americans follow their increasingly mobile careers.

    When I try to speak with a Southern accent for fun it's kinda an amalgam of all of them where I had lived, and not authentic to any one of them. At the same time, having lived in the South for so long, I hardly notice a genuine Southern accent, I became deaf to it (or to them).

    I've also become deaf to my husband's Boston-New England accent. Though he left Boston in 1969 he is constantly being earmarked by people he meets as a Bostonian, the moment he opens his mouth. Not quite a Kennedy accent, he is Italian after all, yet everyone but me instantly recognizes it. Accents are funny things, and I know I still have traces of Northern New Jersey-New York in myself.
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 01, 2015 4:52 PM GMT
    New Yawk?
  • ZakSayWhat

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    Feb 01, 2015 4:59 PM GMT
    ok.

    but I'm still yet to hear some dirty talk
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    Feb 01, 2015 5:21 PM GMT
    Destinharbor saidNew Yawk?

    Yep. My downfall is all the "AW" words: cawfee, tawk, wawk, awhful, etc. No matter how hard I try (and I have a college degree in speech & phonetics), I can't correct it.

    So I often use substitute words. Instead of saying: "I'll tawk with him," I say: "I'll speak with him." Then you don't hear any accent.

    Plus I also have a peculiar Northern New Jersey nasality. My "can't" sounds just like that voice-challenged actress in the 1952 movie Singing in the Rain. So instead of "kaint" I'll say "cannot".

    One of the voice exercises my phonetics professor made me say was: "I can't dance with my aunt."

    I would say it (in free phonetic spelling): "I kaint daince with my ant."

    "No, Robert, it's: 'I cawnt dawhnce with my auhnt'." It didn't help me that she herself spoke with a very heavy Boston accent she refused to acknowledge having. Oh, well, at least today I know how to ask for a bowl of clam "chowdah" and to "pahk mah cah down by the hahrbah".icon_rolleyes.gif

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    Feb 01, 2015 5:38 PM GMT
    ZakSayWhat saidok.

    but I'm still yet to hear some dirty talk

    I have been tawking dehrty. I've been speaking Jehrsey. (It's NOT "Joysey")
  • Destinharbor

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    Feb 01, 2015 5:48 PM GMT
    ZakSayWhat saidok.

    but I'm still yet to hear some dirty talk

    Hey handsome. Let's have drinks on the piazza before the bugs come out.
  • ZakSayWhat

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    Feb 01, 2015 5:52 PM GMT
    http://vocaroo.com/i/s1CIzblj8tAo
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    Feb 01, 2015 10:19 PM GMT
    Yes. I'm from Southern California. icon_cool.gif
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    Feb 02, 2015 5:02 AM GMT
    I have it on CD
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    Feb 02, 2015 5:11 AM GMT
    Accents in the South vary depending on race and socioeconomic status as much as on locality.
    But the same is true up North. I moved to western New York in high school. The accent there has very nasally a's and o's. Especially in words like father. NYC has different accents in each borough.
    But as previously noted this local color is fading, mostly due to technology And mass media.
  • Hjalmar

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    Feb 02, 2015 10:41 AM GMT
    ZakSayWhat saidhttp://vocaroo.com/i/s1CIzblj8tAo



    Why donĀ“t you guys use this, so we all can hear icon_confused.gif
  • ZakSayWhat

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    Feb 02, 2015 11:07 PM GMT
    wtf. where are my voice clips