James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Fri Jun 23 14:31:45 UTC 2006

Maybe Beard is asserting that, although local accents
may be numerous, there is no identifiable regional
accent for the west (other than a lack of one of the
eastern accents).

--- "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU>

> On Jun 22, 2006, at 8:06 AM, Larry Horn wrote:
> > ... Or that Youpers, born and bred in the U.P. of
> > Michigan, are phonologically indistinguishable
> > from Texans.  Or (if there's an exception for
> > those south-of-whatever) from Utahns.  Maybe he
> > was misquoted?
> alas, no.  he asserts that once settlers went west
> of ohio, their
> accents started to blend together, and then it was
> all one
> undifferentiated accent, right out to california and
> oregon.
> you'd have to have a tin ear not to hear accent
> differences here on
> the west coast, stemming in part from significant
> differences north
> to south in the origin of the majority of settlers
> (new england in
> the north, the southwest in the south), but also
> related to urban vs.
> rural and coastal vs. inland differences in
> settlement.
> arnold
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