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
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