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    What accent is this?

    It seems to me as American, but I can't tell the region. Maybe California?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WGEC_quVM2Y

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    Re: What accent is this?

    It doesn't sound at all American to me. I thought I heard notes of the British midlands, but the web says he was from Bristol. Is Bristol perhaps a western extremity of the midlands? I've never visited either Bristol or the midlands.
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    Re: What accent is this?

    Recognizing an accent from a singing voice is mission impossible. There are so many possible influences, and so many non-English speaking singers who affect an 'American' twang (which is not the case here BTW).

    @probus. It would be more accurate to say that Bristol is in the north east extemity of South West England, rather than in the south west extremity of the Midlands, or more precisely the West Midlands. You're not far off though, but the accent is not the same..

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    Re: What accent is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by probus View Post
    It doesn't sound at all American to me. I thought I heard notes of the British midlands, but the web says he was from Bristol. Is Bristol perhaps a western extremity of the midlands? I've never visited either Bristol or the midlands.
    Although Roman55 has already given a good description of it, to find where Bristol is looking at a map of the UK it is on the Severn Estuary close to where England borders Wales at the southern point.

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    Re: What accent is this?

    Originally posted by Roman55

    Recognizing an accent from a singing voice is mission impossible. There are so many possible influences
    Fair enough, good point. But I think on careful listening one can sometimes sort out some fakes and hear some specific sounds as I did in this case in determining that he was not American.
    Last edited by emsr2d2; 22-Mar-2015 at 21:57. Reason: Added quote box

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    Re: What accent is this?

    You're quite right.

    What is impossible is to distinguish regional accents from a singing voice (with no spoken portions at all). Recognizing a Jamaican accent, for example, is much easier than telling a Bristol accent from a Kenilworth one, unless you're Zoltan Karpathy from My Fair Lady.

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    Re: What accent is this?

    Probus, please use "Reply with quote" if you wish to include a previous poster's words in your post. It makes it clear that you are referring to a previous post, not just to something you heard/found, and it attributes the words to the person who wrote them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What accent is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Probus, please use "Reply with quote" if you wish to include a previous poster's words in your post. It makes it clear that you are referring to a previous post, not just to something you heard/found, and it attributes the words to the person who wrote them.
    Ehhmm, not to be testy, but I think I did so. If not, "please elaborate", a phrase for which I have previously received an entirely undeserved sh*tkicking, (phrase deliberately unedited.)
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    Re: What accent is this?

    In post #5, your quoted post (by Roman55) originally appeared at the top of your post simply enclosed in quotation marks. There was no quote box and the words weren't attributed to Roman55. I edited the post to add the blue quote box and the attribute. If you did hit "Reply with Quote", something went wrong. It has clearly worked fine in post #8.

    Please note that I have done the usual with your swear word and added an asterisk.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: What accent is this?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I edited the post to add the blue quote box and the attribute.
    Ah, so that's why I thought I had done so. Point taken.

    But I think that instead of the inelegant "reply with quote" function I will continue to use simple quoted phrases on appropriate occasions. It is standard English usage, and there is no chance of misunderstanding in my opinion. It is what we should be teaching our students to do.
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