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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Some do & some don't. Dealers there come from all over the world. Las Vegas also draws gamblers from the whole world. Dealers are exposed to the dialect quirks of the entire US & "where are you from?" is common chit chat. Dialects are regional, more than they are state by state. The closer you are to home, the less you're going to notice differences. They might be able to get more specific if you stay at their table longer, but I said 5 minutes, which is enough time to get the region right.
I must admit, even though I had a grandfather from northern New Jersey, the accent exhibited by that character “Fran” on that “nanny” show a few years ago to my ears is like fingernails on a chalkboard.
Of course my grandfather’s accent wasn’t strong at all (he lived most of his life in s. California), but, my, my...the serious Joisey/Long GUYlund, etc. accent makes my skin crawl....
Look at region #24, and look for YAT.
I know a woman from NO, and I understand your question.
when the msm says that nevada is leaning toward barry, i wonder why?
“”Shanty Irish” were looked down upon by earlier Irish immigrants who had achieved a measure of economic success...”
That is the origin of the term “scots-irish” or “scotch-irish” as some say.
Before the arrival of the famine settlers (shanty irish)from Ireland in the 1840s, the earlier immigrants and their descendants called themselves “Irish.”
But the famine folks were a motley bunch, hence a new term had to go into use to name the older, established respectable ones: “scots-irish.”
The first big significant immigration of “scots-irish” was five ships, in 1718 landing at Boston. From there they spread out.
Later and bigger immigrations settled Pennsylvania and mainly southward after migrating and so forth.
I come from a line of the 1718 bunch, who moved a few times.
People in Idaho have no discernable accent whatever. The rest of you talk funny.
I never thought we in the Northwest had an accent. She does have a sweet voice. She is one woman who could tell me to go clean the garage and it would be a pleasure to hear the words come out of her mouth.
Your quiz says I’m probably from northern Jersey. I’m from Appalachian North Carolina.
Her accent sounds just like Canadians — the most noticable thing is the long vowels, particularly the o’s.
A great book for those of us who decended from Scots-Irish and those interested in early American history.
BORN FIGHTING: HOW THE SCOTS-IRISH SHAPED AMERICA
Former navy secretary James Webb (Fields of Fire; etc.) wants not only to offer a history of the Scots-Irish but to redeem them from their redneck, hillbilly stereotype and place them at the center of American history and culture. As Webb relates, the Scots-Irish first emigrated to the U.S., 200,000 to 400,000 strong, in four waves during the 18th century, settling primarily in Appalachia before spreading west and south. Webb’s thesis is that the Scots-Irish, with their rugged individualism, warrior culture built on extended familial groups (the “kind of people who would die in place rather than retreat”) and an instinctive mistrust of authority, created an American culture that mirrors these traits. Webb has a genuine flair for describing the battles the Scots-Irish fought during their history, but his analysis of their role in America’s social and political history is, ironically for someone trying to crush stereotypes, fixated on what he sees, in almost Manichaean terms, as a class conflict between the Scots-Irish and America’s “paternalistic Ivy League-centered, media-connected, politically correct power centers.”
Not my quiz. I found it down (or is it up) thread.
“Her accent sounds just like Canadians the most noticable thing is the long vowels, particularly the os.”
I Agree. British Columbia has a distinct accent, that is even different that much of the rest of Canada, and living here in the Northwest just a hundred miles from the border I come across it all the time. I once dated a girl living in Vancouver and she did talk allot like Sarah. I remember thinking how cute it was.
“First of all it is The 5, not The I5. Actually The 5 was called either The Santa Ana freeway or The Golden State Freeway before the Imnn nomenclature was even thought of by Washington. We even had the first freeway called the Pasadena Freeway, built before WWII, so we can call freeways whatever we want.”
Right on, dude. Who says Lost Angeles has no history? A lot of us (old timer natives) still refer to the freeways as you state:
Santa Ana, San Diego, Newport, Garden Grove, Riverside, Hollywood, Santa Monica, Ventura, Pasadena, Long Beach, San Bernardino, Pomona, etc.
Relatively newer freeways often go mainly by their numbers or another term:
Foothill, 57, 15, 605, Harbor, Century, etc.
Many roads and freeways in California follow paths going back hundreds of years. El Camino Real=101, roughly following the trail used between the missions, by Fr. Junipero Serra.
I took the test, and I have a West accent. Native SoCal. OC 60 years. Goldwater and then Reagan land.