Skip to comments.Placing Sarah Palin's accent
Posted on 10/01/2008 11:38:12 AM PDT by T-Bird45
Since Sarah Palin was selected as the Republican candidate for vice president, many people have made comments about her unusual speech, comparing it to accents heard in the movie Fargo, in the states of Wisconsin and Idaho, and in Canada. Some have even attributed her manner of speaking to her supposed stupidity. But Palin actually has an Alaskan accent, one from the Matnuska and Susitna Valley region, where Palin's hometown, Wasilla, is located.
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At least it’s not one of the ‘Kennedy elitist’ NE types.
I thought it was a NJ (southern Jersey/Philly) accent the first time I heard it.
If people hear Margie from “Fargo” in her voice, that’s a plus. Who doesn’t love that character?
She sounds just like my sister-in-law from North Dakota. As a matter of fact, when I first heard Palin speak I thought it was her.
It is definitely similar to accents in northern Wisconsin and the UP — not quite as much like Minnesota.
And, it’s one of them most delightful things I’ve heard in quite a while.
Sarah Palin was born in Idaho, and learned to talk around her folks and three sisters.... So Idaho would make sense
Here is an interesting link regarding Palins accent, style, and delivery. And people’s reactions both pro and con.
Whatever it is, its cute. Kind of annoyingly cute. Awww heck, I have a confession to make, I think Sarah is cute. I mean, I still think she will make a GREAT VP, and then some.. but she is still cute..
To my ear, she sounds remarkably like the character Pickles in the animated Cartoon Network show "Metalocalypse".
She was one of the reasons I enjoyed that movie and my wife hated it so much, that is, besides the Coen brothers' overdone blood and gore.
I plan on placing her accent in the White House!
I can place it precisely. She is Enid Loopner from the old Saturday Night Live sketch, Lisa Loopner’s mother. If you can find the refrigerator repairman skit video, Jane Curtin (Mrs. Loopner) even has her hair done like Mrs. Palin’s hair. It might be here: http://www.hulu.com/watch/4112/saturday-night-live-nerds-broken-fridge
I find Gov Palin’s accent decidedly AMERCIAN. Not sure what country Obama’s accent represents. Chicago thug-land maybe?
I have a question — Why is an association with David Duke, different than an association with Rev Wright?
Anyone want to take a shot at answering ...
I’ve lived in NoDak and Washington State. It is a combination of that Nordic vowel swallowing disease and some localisms of both places. Then, taken to an extreme up in Alaska. My impression.
I would like to read the info at your link but it sends me to an AO-hell ad. Can you copy/paste into a comment?
That would be Representative Fwank, not Governor Palin.
Pacific Northwest English
Having been born in Alaska, very near Wasilla, with numerous relatives still living there, I can tell you that there are many Minnisotans dwelling in those parts. The accent is certainly a blend of Northern Tier speak. Personally, I find it quite endearing and very American!
As opposed to east coast aberative English.
Great. Now I have a vision of Sarah wearing one of those police hats with the badge on it (like Margie Gunderson’s) and showing up at the debate and pointing her finger at Biden and then to her badge. “Put up your hands Joe, you are under arrest!”
Please! DON’T confuse Sarah Palin’s ‘accent’ (I hardly notice any) with TINA FEY’S ‘Fargo’ accent!
It’s SARAH, NOT Tina who’s running for VP.
I did the link for Comment #8 wrong.
Hopefully this is the correct link, an interesting article about Palin’s accent, style, delivery. And why people love her or hate her. I’m still learning computer use.
Wisconsin accent all the way.
And she was underestimated too.
Sorry about that, the new link is correct, I just checked it out.
Yooper? Great. Now I have visions of her singing "Second Week of Deer Camp". :-)
There is no one in the entire state who has a Kennedy accent.
"Who the hell talks like that?" was the consistent reaction to their phony accent.
It's a product of a Shanty Irish (as opposed to Lace Curtain Irish) attempt to sound like a Boston Brahmin.
Full Disclosure: I'm a descendant of Shanty Irish.
Sewwwww, when r you kids cummin to visit me, eh?
I predict tomorrow night she’ll say “He’s fleeing the debate, he’s fleeing the debate.”
I like the way she pronounces her state — “Ah-Lahss-kah.” I’ve always thought the accent was similar to that of Canada and the western U.S. states rimming it.
Uh...no. I've been there. You do have an accent. We all do unless we've been trained otherwise. My dad had an excellent ear for languages. He could listen to almost anyone and put them pretty close to the region they grew up in.
Every second sentence in Minnesota starts with “So,” and ends with “then,” or “then, eh ?”
The original settlers in the Matanuska Valley were farmers from the Upper Midwest in the "Matanuska Experiment" (paragraph 3). It's no wonder she sounds like she came from Wisconsin or North Dakota.
“And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper.”
Sounds like Wisconsin to me—and though I love Sarah—can’t say I’m thrilled with the accent.
I’m partial to educated Southern accents myself...but to each his own.
Thanks, saw that article earlier on FR, first part is a bit snarky (IMO) but improves further into the article.
You'all got an accent ~ heavy one too ~ and not Scanderhoovian at all ~ more specific, like Finnish, Latvian, Estonian, Coastal Polish or Far Western Russian, AND, thanks to a 1930s program for shipping poor people from South Central Indiana to Alaska to grow giant cabbages and pigs, Southern Indiana "German".
If they'd waited a few years those guys'd all been speaking English and there wouldn't be a problem.
We got a call from a young lady in Anchorage recently and she sounded exactly like Sarah. Of course it was something about the Tesoro Oil Iron Dog Racing Team ~ 'at's where Todd does his thing.
The Fargo twang is common (in several flavors) in the upper Midwest. Its lilt comes from a strong Scandinavian influence. I can hear some Midwest influence in her accent, but it's not a pure Midwestern accent.
Can you tell me the difference between Lace Curtain and Shanty ?
Once met a very cute girl and from her accent I asked her if she was from Brooklyn, The Bronx or somewhere. She said she was from New Orleans. As if she wasn’t cute enough, that voice made my heart skip a few beats!
I just returned from a trip to Alaska. One of the meetings I attended was led by a couple of native-born Alaska women. They sounded just like Sarah Palin. One of them joked that she was often mistaken for Sarah. She had long hair like her and when she piled it up on her head, there was a real resemblance. Whether that is a common accent or not I don’t know.
You remind me of my mom. She lives in Alabama and believes she doesn’t have an accent.
Interesting. I can detect accents, but I was born, raised and reside in AZ. I don’t think that I have an accent, but who knows?
Yahoooo, brother, she's on fire wherever she is!!
Her power is just winding up!
I'm attending seminary in the Southeast. Before starting here, when visiting various seminaries deciding where to go, I heard a lecture by a professor with a very distinct, almost hick-like southern accent--that had my mid-Atlantic (northern) prejudices alarmed.
Then the content of what the man was saying got through--and I soon believed he was one of the very best educated, most widely read, and wisest professors I've had the privilege to sit under.
Needless to say, I attended his seminary--and my positive opinion of the good Dr. has been affirmed time and again.
I'm totally convinced, provided good grammar and vocabulary are there, accents don't mean a thing.
I'd say the typical Anglo Californian accent, btw, would be former governor Pete Wilson.
Reagan never completely lost his downstate Illinois inflections.