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Placing Sarah Palin's accent
Slate ^ | 10/1/08 | Jesse Sheidlower

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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TOPICS: Extended News; Politics/Elections; US: Alaska; US: Minnesota
KEYWORDS: canadian; dialect; fargo; matsu; regionalisms; wasilla
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I find accents, dialect, and language to be fascinating so this article was quite interesting, especially when you consider that many make a connection or assumption from how one speaks to their general intelligence. That is a mistake as far as SP is concerned, IMO.
1 posted on 10/01/2008 11:38:14 AM PDT by T-Bird45
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To: T-Bird45

At least it’s not one of the ‘Kennedy elitist’ NE types.


2 posted on 10/01/2008 11:42:16 AM PDT by LibFreeUSA (..)
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To: T-Bird45

I thought it was a NJ (southern Jersey/Philly) accent the first time I heard it.


3 posted on 10/01/2008 11:43:09 AM PDT by Perdogg (Vice President Sarah H Palin - Make it happen !!!!)
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To: T-Bird45

If people hear Margie from “Fargo” in her voice, that’s a plus. Who doesn’t love that character?


4 posted on 10/01/2008 11:43:09 AM PDT by boocoowell (Mares eat oats, does eat oats, and little lambs eat ivy)
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To: T-Bird45

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.


5 posted on 10/01/2008 11:43:39 AM PDT by P8riot (I carry a gun because I can't carry a cop.)
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To: T-Bird45

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.


6 posted on 10/01/2008 11:45:13 AM PDT by unspun (Tell the truth about Obama to all you know.)
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To: P8riot

Sarah Palin was born in Idaho, and learned to talk around her folks and three sisters.... So Idaho would make sense


7 posted on 10/01/2008 11:45:28 AM PDT by BigEdLB (Let's get serious - there is only one choice - McCain/Palin 2008)
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To: T-Bird45; All

Here is an interesting link regarding Palins accent, style, and delivery. And people’s reactions both pro and con.

http://webmail.aol.com/39155/aol/en-us/Suite.aspx


8 posted on 10/01/2008 11:47:08 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: T-Bird45

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..


9 posted on 10/01/2008 11:47:18 AM PDT by Paradox (Obama, the Audacity of Hype.)
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To: T-Bird45
An Alaskan accent? Wherever could she have developed that? (/sarc)

To my ear, she sounds remarkably like the character Pickles in the animated Cartoon Network show "Metalocalypse".

10 posted on 10/01/2008 11:47:30 AM PDT by Bear_in_RoseBear (Better living through merciless experimentation!)
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To: boocoowell
If people hear Margie from “Fargo” in her voice, that’s a plus. Who doesn’t love that character?

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.

11 posted on 10/01/2008 11:47:46 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: unspun
Definitely N. Wisconsin/UP>
Sounds very familiar to me from my travels in the area.
12 posted on 10/01/2008 11:49:12 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: T-Bird45

I plan on placing her accent in the White House!


13 posted on 10/01/2008 11:49:43 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: T-Bird45

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


14 posted on 10/01/2008 11:49:45 AM PDT by 3AngelaD (They screwed up their own countries so bad they had to leave, and now they're here screwing up ours.)
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To: T-Bird45

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 ...


15 posted on 10/01/2008 11:49:48 AM PDT by Tarpon (Barrack Obama will ban all the guns he has the votes for ...)
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To: P8riot

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.


16 posted on 10/01/2008 11:50:03 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (Bushonomics: Privatize Gains, Socialize Losses)
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To: gleeaikin

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?


17 posted on 10/01/2008 11:50:05 AM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Perdogg
I thought it was a NJ (southern Jersey/Philly) accent the first time I heard it.

That would be Representative Fwank, not Governor Palin.

18 posted on 10/01/2008 11:50:52 AM PDT by cynwoody
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To: T-Bird45
Sarah Palin talks just like a Yooper girl!
19 posted on 10/01/2008 11:51:14 AM PDT by Dixie Yooper (Ephesians 6:11)
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To: T-Bird45

Pacific Northwest English

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pacific_Northwest_English


20 posted on 10/01/2008 11:51:14 AM PDT by Peelod (“Whatever Sarah tells you, heed her voice” Genesis 21:12)
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To: P8riot

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.


21 posted on 10/01/2008 11:51:46 AM PDT by downtownconservative (Intelligence sans reason is vainglorious pulp)
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To: SunkenCiv

ping


22 posted on 10/01/2008 11:52:12 AM PDT by Perdogg (Vice President Sarah H Palin - Make it happen !!!!)
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To: boocoowell

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!”


23 posted on 10/01/2008 11:53:29 AM PDT by Harley (Life is Tough, But It's a Lot Tougher When You're a Liberal.)
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To: T-Bird45

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.


24 posted on 10/01/2008 11:54:44 AM PDT by J40000
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To: T-Bird45; All

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.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/artsandliving/style/features/2008/rhetoric/gallery.html


25 posted on 10/01/2008 11:54:57 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: T-Bird45

Wisconsin accent all the way.


26 posted on 10/01/2008 11:55:02 AM PDT by gitmogrunt (The stupidity of the American Sheeple never ceases to amaze me)
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To: Bear_in_RoseBear
I'm a born/raised Alaskan and we don't sound like Sara. Not that it is anything to spend a lot of thought on, but since is was mentioned, I can say, her accent is definitely not typical of Alaskans. Most native Alaskans have a very distinct accent and you can hear it with Todd, but otherwise, we're just sort of a non-accent bunch.
27 posted on 10/01/2008 11:55:29 AM PDT by Integrityrocks
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To: Uncle Miltie
"Nordic vowel swallowing disease..."
So, you've lived in Minnesooota, then, eh ?
28 posted on 10/01/2008 11:56:18 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: boocoowell
If people hear Margie from “Fargo” in her voice, that’s a plus. Who doesn’t love that character?

And she was underestimated too.

29 posted on 10/01/2008 11:56:33 AM PDT by GOP_Proud
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To: T-Bird45

Sorry about that, the new link is correct, I just checked it out.


30 posted on 10/01/2008 11:56:49 AM PDT by gleeaikin
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To: Dixie Yooper
Sarah Palin talks just like a Yooper girl!

Yooper? Great. Now I have visions of her singing "Second Week of Deer Camp". :-)

31 posted on 10/01/2008 11:58:25 AM PDT by KarlInOhio (The $700B bail out is giving parachutes to bankers while we must keep our seat belts on and shut up.)
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To: LibFreeUSA
I was born and raised in Massachusetts.

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.

32 posted on 10/01/2008 11:59:15 AM PDT by Madame Dufarge
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To: T-Bird45
She sounds like my husband's aunt in Minnesota

Sewwwww, when r you kids cummin to visit me, eh?

33 posted on 10/01/2008 11:59:28 AM PDT by meowmeow (In Loving Memory of Our Dear Viking Kitty (1987-2006))
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To: GOP_Proud

I predict tomorrow night she’ll say “He’s fleeing the debate, he’s fleeing the debate.”


34 posted on 10/01/2008 12:00:50 PM PDT by Harley (Life is Tough, But It's a Lot Tougher When You're a Liberal.)
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To: gleeaikin

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.


35 posted on 10/01/2008 12:01:58 PM PDT by ScottinVA
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To: Integrityrocks
...but otherwise, we're just sort of a non-accent bunch.

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.

36 posted on 10/01/2008 12:02:16 PM PDT by GOP_Proud
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To: meowmeow

Every second sentence in Minnesota starts with “So,” and ends with “then,” or “then, eh ?”


37 posted on 10/01/2008 12:04:51 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: T-Bird45
"I find accents, dialect, and language to be fascinating so this article was quite interesting, especially when you consider that many make a connection or assumption from how one speaks to their general intelligence. That is a mistake as far as SP is concerned, IMO."

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.

38 posted on 10/01/2008 12:06:22 PM PDT by redhead (Wasilla is finally on the map...and we are NOT happy about it.)
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To: Harley

“And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper.”


39 posted on 10/01/2008 12:06:33 PM PDT by Southside_Chicago_Republican (Sarah Palin just field dressed the Obama campaign.)
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To: T-Bird45

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.


40 posted on 10/01/2008 12:07:33 PM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: gleeaikin

Thanks, saw that article earlier on FR, first part is a bit snarky (IMO) but improves further into the article.


41 posted on 10/01/2008 12:08:07 PM PDT by T-Bird45 (It feels like the seventies, and it shouldn't.)
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To: Integrityrocks
Everybody thinks they are a Non-Accent Bunch.

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.

42 posted on 10/01/2008 12:10:13 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: T-Bird45
Our first teachers are our parents & we learn many of their speech mannerisms before we're out & about in the world. I believe our maternal lines have greater influence than paternal line.

http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~battle/palin.htm

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.

43 posted on 10/01/2008 12:11:26 PM PDT by GoLightly
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To: Madame Dufarge

Can you tell me the difference between Lace Curtain and Shanty ?


44 posted on 10/01/2008 12:11:40 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: T-Bird45

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!


45 posted on 10/01/2008 12:12:39 PM PDT by Married with Children
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To: Integrityrocks; P8riot

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.


46 posted on 10/01/2008 12:17:19 PM PDT by AUsome Joy
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To: GOP_Proud

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?


47 posted on 10/01/2008 12:17:52 PM PDT by machogirl (i)
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To: TexasCajun
I plan on placing her accent in the White House!

Yahoooo, brother, she's on fire wherever she is!!

Her power is just winding up!

48 posted on 10/01/2008 12:18:38 PM PDT by norraad ("What light!">Blues Brothers)
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To: T-Bird45
...especially when you consider that many make a connection or assumption from how one speaks to their general intelligence.

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.

49 posted on 10/01/2008 12:21:09 PM PDT by AnalogReigns
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To: machogirl
Arizonans have the same flat, colorless accent that folks in Orange County, CA do.

I'd say the typical Anglo Californian accent, btw, would be former governor Pete Wilson.

Reagan never completely lost his downstate Illinois inflections.

50 posted on 10/01/2008 12:21:32 PM PDT by Clemenza (PRIVATIZE FANNIE AND FREDDIE! NO MORE BAILOUTS!)
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