The way most
Americans speak, both their phrases and their well known accents that inflect upon those phrases, come
from their original upbringings. In a nation of more than 300 million people, it’s
no wonder that those accents vary widely across America. “Their way of speaking
is as rich , diverse , and lively as Americans themselves” as said by Orlagh
Cassidy in the ” Do you speak American” Documentary.
Most of the informations attest that it all
started when English colonists established their first permanent settlement in
the New World at Jamestown, Virginia, in 1607. We can’t really say when
Americans first started to sound stricking differently from the British but one
big factor in the divergence of their accents is rhotacism. The General American accent is rhotic and speakers pronounce
the r in their so spoken words.
North part of America are the most strongly seen differences along the Easten
seaboard, like the Eastern New England English, that actually describes the
classical “Boston Accent.” It also
refers to relatable accents that are visible in Eastern Massachusetts, Rhode
Island, Maine, Eastern New Hampshire and Eastern Connecticut. The most
important feature of this is the
non-rhoticity that is very easy to hear. Unlike other American accents, New
Englanders drop the “r” at the end of the
words which describes a more british way of speaking. They have a famous phrase
that is very known in their community which is “pahk yuh cahr in hahvuhd yahd”
(Park your car in Harvard Yard).
Boston Urban there are a few sub-dialects in their Hub, from the stereotypical
Southie dialect , to the Boston Brahmin and the departure are more
determined by class . The hold and influences of Irish inhabitants has led to a very evident Bostonian accent,
though the contemporan accent sounds nothing like the Irish one.
New England which is outside eastern
Massachusetts, they have a noticeable
accent for dropping the T sound. For
example the last Democratic president was Bill Clin-n. It’s not as distinctive
as the eastern accent but you can slightly hear it .
The next accents would be in Hudson Valley
which is a New York State region that
stretches along the Hudson River from Westchester Country to Albany , the state
capital.So the influenced language refined
north of New York City. The sitting area in front of their doorstep is called a
stoop, and the best-sellers at Dunkin’ Donuts are crullers and olycooks as said
by The Washington Post.
York City English is one of the most famous American accents, also called the
classic “New Yorkese” has been immortalized by many films (“Goodfellas,” and “Manhattan,”
among many others). The mix of ethnicities that built the great Big Apple, created their own dialect
that doesn’t sound much like the rest of America as said by The Washington Post.
The “TH” sounds become Ds, and words get
crumbled together easily in their way of speaking. Also in New York City
the short “a” in
words like cat or sad proceed from a well defined set of rules by
which some words are pronounced a bit more tensely.
interesting North American accent would be the Bonac . Now so close to being
lost forever, there was once a flourishing local Bonac dialect, which held on
strong into the middle of the last century. Today, sadly , the Bonac accent is
in the process of being fallen between cracks to the New York City speech
patterns of the western section of the Long
Island. It is a small and decreasing dialect which was once a part of New
Inland Northern which is Upstate New York and Vermont ,blend in the Western New England and
the Midwest together . The words like merry, marry and Mary are all pronounced similary
in this side of America.
English is making reference to the American accents spoken along the urban aisle
from the Philadelphia area to Baltimore. It sounds lightly like the way they
speak in New York City, but with a few major differences, for example the r is
pronounced at the end of car, mother, star, etc.
going along the San Francisco Urban which
is the city by the bay that has more in common with the East Coast than the
West Coast really, thanks to the habitants who originally made their way to the
Bay Area. San Franciscans speak a medley of the Northeastern and Midwestern
Midwestern is a region in the northern portion of the U.S. ,which is the home
of the Midwestern sounds, influenced by a succession of Northeasterners and
Southerners who migrated up the Mississippi River, as well as the Scandinavian habitants
who settled that area. A sub-dialect in and around Minnesota mirrors more of
the Norwegian influences.
Lakes English is the accent usually
associated with the “Northern Cities
Vowel Shift.” You can hear this accent in states like Chicago, Detroit, Buffalo
said in the previous text ,Chicago Urban is situated on Lake Michigan in
Illinois, and it is among the largest and third-most populous cities in the U.S. with
over 2.7 milion residents. It was incorporated as a city in the mid-nineteen
century in 1837 near a portage somewhere between the Great Lakes and the
Misssissippi River . Chicago’s unique dialect is influenced by what most
linguists call the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, and what makes it different
from other accents is that short vowels started sounding like their longer
cousins. Chicago’s dialect was mostly influenced by migrants who traveled along the
Erie Canal, west from the Northeast.
American Accents is a uncertain and quite obscure term that applies to the American
accents that lie between North and South, in states like Missouri, Southern
Indiana, Southern Illisnois, Southern Pennsylvania, Kansas, Oklahoma, and a few
Midland is where the European habitants who didn’t move to New York City started
playing a pretty big role. The Scotch-Irish and German settled from Pennsylvania
to the central Midwest creating a
combination of Northern and Southern features.
As said , Pennsylvania
German-English style is a small but specific dialect
in the center of the Keystone State. The grammar system is the most distinctive
fragment of the region’s immigrant populations because it sounds more like German than it sounds like
Rocky Mountain are stretch some 3,000 miles from British Columbia and Alberta
in Canada through Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Colorado, and down to New Mexico in
the U.S. It has heavy influences from frontier settlers and of course the Native American language.
again , Western American Accents are more influenced from Native American
languages in this area.An example is the potluck, a gathering where everyone
brings a dish, a origin of the Native American “potlatch’ .This category covers
the largest amount of territory in America, including most of the Mountain and
Western states. Accents here can turn from sounding slightly Southern (as in
parts of Colorado) to having a bit of a Canadian essence (the Pacific
Northwest).But there’s fewer signs of an accent here than elsewhere, given the
fact that the region was settled somewhat recently.
Southwest are the settlers who came to California for the gold it is said by
the Washington Post, and that still shows in some of their slang as an exaple
being the word “goner” phrase that all started in California.
is the way Mexican dialects of Spanish invest in Southwestern English. Words
like “patio” and “plaza” became a part of everyday English, thanks to the
or Mountain Southern is known to be the other Southern dialect, sometimes perceived
as more rasping. You hear this accent amongst Appalachian natives, Texans,
Tennesseeans and many more others.
Midland is West of the Appalachians and into North Texas, speakers here
sometimes put an A before a word ending in -ING, in place of words like “are.”
TH is often replaced with an F in their speaking.
Ozark are the Southern
Appalachian settlers that developed their own dialect, best illustrated in pop
culture by the Beverly HillBillies which is an American sitcom originally
broadcast on CBS from 1962 to 1971. The show is about a poor backwoods family
who move to posh Beverly Hills, California, after striking oil on their land.
another hand the Southern Appalachian is a bit different from the west. The “g”
in gerunds doesn’t survive often in their speaking. But overall, the accent is
pretty similar to the South Midlanders.
Piedmont region of Virginia is a part of the greater Piedmont physiographic
region , it starts to develop south of Washington, and the letter r becomes
next would be the Coastal Southern whitch is quite similar to the Piedmont
drawl, but with more remnants of Colonial English.
Gullah which is very interesting are the descendants of enslaved Africans of
various ethnic groups who live in the Lowcountry region of the U.S. states of
Georgia and South Carolina, in both the coastal plain and the Sea Islands.This
combines English with West African languages brought over by slaves who entered
the U.S. in the 1700s and 1800s. All new type of words entered the country.
Southern is basically the Deep South minus Georgia and New Orleans. It’s a
result of mixing English settlers from the southern colonies with French
settlers in Louisiana, and it’s where the Americans get words like “armoire,”
“bisque”, or so more.
is the French settlers who first traveled up the Mississippi River brought a
whole mess of dialects. They include Cajun French, which incorporates some
Spanish, and Cajun English, which makes New Orleans “Nawlins” by following
can see , and in my opinion there are many different American accents as well
as ways to speak American English .You can’t really talk dialects without
talking race.They have their very own diversity and uniqueness and are very
intriguing to study in more than just one way. Some accents may have things in
common , others may be so different that you can’t quite understand but the
main point is that they carry on being divided by speakers. By having an accent
and speaking it ,you give away your somewhat exact location of birth. Express
your accents and their historical point of view and bigger picture along with