Regionality of American accents

Michael Newman michael.newman at QC.CUNY.EDU
Tue Sep 11 18:07:06 UTC 2012

>From my understanding, California is just like North Baton Rouge but with mountains.

Michael Newman
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Queens College/CUNY
michael.newman at

On Sep 11, 2012, at 11:51 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:

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> On Sep 11, 2012, at 10:57 AM, Joel S. Berson wrote:
>> This, from another list, made me laugh:
>>> Shortly after I moved from California to Baton Rouge, Louisiana for
>>> grad school, a woman said to me: "You have an unusual accent. Are
>>> you from North Baton Rouge?"
>> Joel
> Maybe she was operating with a local version of that famous New Yorker cover map and California is just considered part of greater North Baton Rouge.
> LH
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