Date: Sun, 8 Sep 1996 01:13:55 -0400
From: Jason Wilke wilke[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NJ2.N-JCENTER.COM
Subject: Amerikan accent
Growing up in Montreal as an Anglo, I notice that the Anglo-Quebec
accent isn't. It's the closest I've heard to non-accented English from
native English speakers. It's the kind of non-accented, perfect English I
hear from people in the tourism industry in Holland or the Scandiavian
countries, like they learned it from an instruction tape. In Montreal,
though, I'll hear Anglos borrowing little bits of other peoples accents
unconsciously(like my mother!), or at the other extreme, sounding stodgy
and square("Uh, Hi, John-Gee. How's it going, eh?"). In my case, wherever
I go, people think I'm from somewhere else. I have never been mistaken
for a native of wherever I happen to be.
I've made several Canadian friends over the past year, most of whom were
from Ontario. Among Canadians that DO have an accent, I've almost
learned to determine what province they're from, but there do seem to be
a few with muted or flat accents.
What would cause that? Most Canadians sound just like Americans except
for certain words, like "out". The ones with flat accents are the
exception, not the rule...
wilke[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n-jcenter.com