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    Default re: Accents of Yankees and Dixies?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    I thought over this question before. It is said there're many places in the US called Springfield. And the capital city of Illinois is Springfield, which isn't possible for the location of the Simpons' because one episode mentioned they were going to move to the capital city.

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    I'd never thought of this: The 'dusky-voiced soul singer' Mary Isabel Catherine Bernadette O'Brien used the stage-name 'Dusty Springfield'. (Dusty Springfield - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia )

    She favoured songs from that area, and recorded there. I never thought that it was an assumed name, because in the early '60s she recorded with other members of her family in a group called 'The Springfields', and I gullibly assumed it must be a family name.

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    Default re: Accents of Yankees and Dixies?

    I hope you are not using the Simpson's cartoon show as an example of American family life, how adults speak to each other how to parent, how to be a good marriage partner or as a sample of typical American culture.

    It is an exaggeration, a cartoon meant to laugh at life, and I hope you are laughing along with us.

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    Default re: Accents of Yankees and Dixies?

    The accent heard on the Simpsons is typical of the Midwestern United States. A Southern (or "Dixie") accent has a distinctive drawl. Even a non-native speaker would probably notice the difference. For example, watch this clip of Designing Women and notice the difference in accents between the butler, the woman named Gaby, and the four stars of the show. The four Designing Women have different varieties of Southern accents.

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    Smile re: Accents of Yankees and Dixies?

    Ouisch, thank you very much for your help.

    I still can't distinguish them. I hope I can find an American to articulate the same sentence with different accents for me face to face in the future.

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    Default Re: Accents of Yankees and Dixies?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post

    Could someone please brief me what the differences between Yankee's accent and Dixie's one are?
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    Could someone tell me the difference between a Yankee accent and a Southern accent?

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    Smile Re: Accents of Yankees and Dixies?

    Quote Originally Posted by RonBee View Post
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    Could someone tell me the difference between a Yankee accent and a Southern accent?
    Thank you for your correction, RonBee.

    Is Dixie wrong here if I refer to Americans in the South of the US? There's a country music band named Dixie Chicken.
    Last edited by thedaffodils; 24-Aug-2008 at 13:50. Reason: music group-> music band

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    Default Re: Accents of Yankees and Dixies?

    Quote Originally Posted by thedaffodils View Post
    Thank you for your correction, RonBee.

    Is Dixie wrong here if I refer to Americans in the South of the US? There's a country music group named Dixie Chicken.

    No it's not wrong, but it might not be a familiar term for folks outside of the US. And then there are some "purists" (like my husband) who are very specific about certain Southern states being part of Dixie, while others are not. (For example, Texas is in the South, Texans have a distinct drawl, but Texas is not part of Dixie.)

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    Default Re: Accents of Yankees and Dixies?

    Here's a man from North Carolina with a distinctive Southern accent.

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    Default Re: Accents of Yankees and Dixies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    Does anyone know where Springfield is? I've always imagined the Simpsons in the Mid West, maybe because of the Springfield in Ohio.
    Raymott, check the following URL for more information regarding the possible location of Springfield: The Simpsons Archive: Where is The Simpsons' Springfield?

    Enjoy!

    Amigo

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    Smile Re: Accents of Yankees and Dixies?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ouisch View Post
    No it's not wrong, but it might not be a familiar term for folks outside of the US. And then there are some "purists" (like my husband) who are very specific about certain Southern states being part of Dixie, while others are not. (For example, Texas is in the South, Texans have a distinct drawl, but Texas is not part of Dixie.)
    Ouisch, thank you very much for your illustration. Glad to learn the difference between 'Dixie' and 'Southern states (of the US) from you.

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