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    Which US state is this american english accent from??

    Hi all, this is my first post and I'm seeking help from native american speakers

    I'm wondering if someone among you could help me locate the possible United States home state of this dialect (this link points directly to a mp3 file stored in my google drive account):

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B88...ew?usp=sharing

    Also, I'd be glad if you could point out some notable characteristics in the pronounciation and its diffusion in the country, comparing its strenghts and weaknesses to a hypotetical "standard" american english...

    I love this heavy accent !! Thank you!!
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    Re: Which US state is this american english accent from??

    Quote Originally Posted by orsobubu View Post
    Hi all, this is my first post and I'm seeking help from native American English speakers.

    I'm wondering if someone among you could help me locate identify the possible United States home state of this dialect (this link points directly to a mp3 file stored in my google drive account):

    https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B88...ew?usp=sharing

    Also, I'd be glad if you could point out some notable characteristics in the pronounciation pronunciation and its diffusion in the country, comparing its strenghts strengths and weaknesses to a hypothetical "standard" American English.

    I love this heavy accent! !! Thank you!
    I'm not American so I won't try to help out with your question. However, please note my corrections above to your written English. It's important to capitalise proper nouns.
    Be careful with the phrase "native American" - it is used to refer to the indigenous people who lived on that continent before it was "invaded/discovered" by Europeans.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which US state is this american english accent from??

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    I'm not American so I won't try to help out with your question. However, please note my corrections above to your written English. It's important to capitalise proper nouns.
    Be careful with the phrase "native American" - it is used to refer to the indigenous people who lived on that continent before it was "invaded/discovered" by Europeans.
    Wow emsr2d2! A big thank you! I couldn't think to receive such a careful review for my post! I think I could have done better if I had imagined this, Anyay, I'm really surprised that you passed so much of the other words because I don't rate my english pretty well!

    Can I ask you to express a personal valuation about the dialect in the mp3 snippet, from the point of view of your perfectly english English?

    THX again

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    Re: Which US state is this american english accent from??

    Quote Originally Posted by orsobubu View Post
    Wow emsr2d2! A big thank you! I couldn't think to receive such a careful review for my post! I think I could have done better if I had imagined this, Anyay, I'm really surprised that you passed so much of the other words because I don't rate my english pretty well!

    Can I ask you to express a personal valuation about the dialect in the mp3 snippet, from the point of view of your perfectly english English?

    THX again
    Did you read what I said about capitalising proper nouns?
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Which US state is this american english accent from??

    This is tough. His accent is very hard for me to place because it sounds so generic.

    He pronounces his final R's in a very strong way reminiscent of Upstate New York, but he also pronounces "again" with a Southern twang ("agin"). I didn't hear any key words that would make me say "A ha! He's from XXXXX!"

    I could be completely wrong, but I'm guessing he could be from anywhere in the strip of states between Kansas/Nebraska through Missouri/Iowa and Illinois to Upstate New York (Rochester/Buffalo).

    But he could well be from elsewhere.
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    Re: Which US state is this american english accent from??

    Definitely not upper Midwest or upstate New York. His pronunciation of the first vowel in basis and the second in thirteen reveals that he's from an area with a little Appalachian influence. He could possibly be from my region, southwest Ohio, or anywhere from here west such as Missouri or Oklahoma.
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    Re: Which US state is this american english accent from??

    I detect a Southern influence as well, but that could be from a parent from that region rather than living there himself. Honestly, it could be the Rocky Mountain region or northern California as well. The Rs are the most distinctive part of his speech. Agreed that it's definitely not upper Midwest nor the western part of upstate New York, and not New England. It could even be Texas originally with a long-term exposure to living in the north.
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    Re: Which US state is this american english accent from??

    I would guess maybe northern Arkansas, or eastern Oklahoma, maybe up through the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles.

    Sounds very familiar to my ear.

    If you'll post the speakers name, you can probably do some research on him and get some history.
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    Re: Which US state is this american english accent from??

    Thank you all, your discussions are really interesting, very fascinating, I can only try to imagine the subtleties your ear is able to grasp!

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    Re: Which US state is this american english accent from??

    You probably noticed that we didn't really answer the question, "what state is this accent from?" That's because American accents usually cover regions that spread over multiple states. It's also common for more than one accent to coexist in a single state. We also have ethnic accents, particularly among African-Americans, which can be heard in widely different geographical areas.

    In my home state of Ohio, white people in the northeast region generally have a mid-Atlantic accent similar to that of their neighbors in northwest Pennsylvania* and northwest New York. Down here in the southwestern part of the state, we're on a fuzzy accent boundary. Many of us (including me) have accents with a strong Appalachian influence, while others sound more like Midwesterners. Southeastern Ohio is firmly in the Appalachian region, though the accent is less pronounced there than in the hills of West Virginia, Tennessee, and North Carolina. Some people in those areas are not easily understood by people from other places.

    *I once had the pleasure of visiting the little city of North East, Pennsylvania. It's not my fault that this pleasant place is located in the north-west corner of the state.
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