Accents in Cold Mountain (the movie)

Peter A. McGraw pmcgraw at LINFIELD.EDU
Fri Apr 8 15:48:08 UTC 2005

Another flaw in his argument, especially the part holding up John Edwards
as a model for North Carolina speech, is that Edwards was born in SOUTH
Carolina (don't remember where), and IIRC moved to NC only as an adult.

Then of course there's the fact that IIRC the female lead and her father
hail from Charleston, the native speech of their new home would be that of
the Appalachians, etc.

Peter Mc.

--On Friday, April 8, 2005 6:12 AM -0700 James Smith
<jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM> wrote:

> Inconsistent accents may or may not be a valid
> criticism.
> First, as I understand - and I ask those with
> expertise to comment and correct as necessary - what
> we recognize as a "southern" accent didn't even exist
> 150 years ago, actually developed after the War of
> Northern Aggression.  Can the same be said for the
> "North Carolina" accent? ...did John Edwards
> great-great-grandfather (assuming he lived in NC)
> speak with the same accent as John?
> Second: did all the characters in Cold Mountain come
> from the same region in NC?  Does it even say they're
> all NC natives?  Were they all from families that had
> lived in the area for generations, or were they a mix
> of old timers and new comers?  Even if they were from
> long established families, how much variation in
> speech would be expected from town to town, county to
> county?
> Just some questions that came to mind as I read
> Michael Reisman's comments.
> --- Paul Frank <paulfrank at POST.HARVARD.EDU> wrote:
>> The Cardozo Insider
>> Issue: 2/8/04
>> "A more serious flaw is shared by almost all the
>> actors: although they are supposed to be from North
>> Carolina, not a single one is able to pull off the
>> accent. Geography may be to blame, as the
>> combination of Australia's Kidman, England's Law and
>> Winstone, Canada's Donald Sutherland (as
>> Kidman's father), and Harvard's Portman make for a
>> linguistic goulash.
>> Listen to a John Edwards stump speech. Turn on
>> Charlie Rose or Bill Moyers on Channel 13. That's
>> what North Carolinans sound like. There is a natural
>> musicality in the cadence of their speech.
>> Kidman forces it, and the others don't really even
>> come close. Worse, Zellweger (who mastered
>> Britspeak in Bridget Jones' Diary) sounds like she
>> spent too much time watching Dukes of Hazzard
>> reruns. Remember Daaayzee Duke? The usually
>> wonderful Philip Seymour Hoffman, as a defrocked
>> preacher, takes us into Blanche DuBois territory.
>> Maybe this is all a bit nitpicky. It is a movie,
>> not real-life, after all. But the garbled dialects
>> in this film take us out of the Civil War-era
>> South and transport us into 21st century Hollywood.
>> I think it's time to read Charles Frazier's novel. "
> .Six.Characters.In.Search.Of.A.Dialect.Coach-600708.shtml
>> Paul
>> ________________________
>> Paul Frank
>> Chinese-English translator
>> paulfrank at
> James D. SMITH                 |If history teaches anything
> South SLC, UT                  |it is that we will be sued
> jsmithjamessmith at     |whether we act quickly and decisively
>                                |or slowly and cautiously.
> __________________________________________________
> Do You Yahoo!?
> Tired of spam?  Yahoo! Mail has the best spam protection around

Peter A. McGraw       Linfield College        McMinnville, Oregon
******************* pmcgraw at ************************

More information about the Ads-l mailing list