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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbone View Post
    Yes it will.
    On the PBS special, "Do You Speak American?", they stated that non-rhotic speakers are in the minority and disappearing. I'm a non-rhotic speaker but my kids and their cousins are rhotic speakers (probably get in from their pappy...he's from Queens).
    Wouldn't a Queens native be non-rhotic? They would not pronounce the r in "power" or "sneaker." In Philadelphia, we do. Very unusual for the East Coast.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Wouldn't a Queens native be non-rhotic? They would not pronounce the r in "power" or "sneaker." In Philadelphia, we do. Very unusual for the East Coast.
    Because his family was from Pittsburgh. He copied their accent/way of speaking. When I first met him, I didn't believe he was from New York because he just didn't sound like it. I should have said he's a NYC native that doesn't speak like one...heh, heh.

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    What I said in the other one:

    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    It works from a simple, obvious, and very true starting point about the inequality and strata of elitism that steer this country, and then from that starting point, goes walk-about through a forest of misconceptions and speculations that are all blatantly guided by the ideological axe that the article grinds.

    And where are the citations? They didn't seem to be in text, I didn't even see a list of sources at the end. This was written by a professor emeritus?

    It would take me many hours, probably over the span of many days, to properly critique this.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Redbone View Post
    Because his family was from Pittsburgh. He copied their accent/way of speaking. When I first met him, I didn't believe he was from New York because he just didn't sound like it. I should have said he's a NYC native that doesn't speak like one...heh, heh.
    Ah. The Pittsburgh accent is funny to my ears as a native Philadelphian (albeit one with almost no traces of the traditional Philly accent). When someone from Western PA pronounces "block" and it rhymes with "hawk," I just can't stand it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Ah. The Pittsburgh accent is funny to my ears as a native Philadelphian (albeit one with almost no traces of the traditional Philly accent). When someone from Western PA pronounces "block" and it rhymes with "hawk," I just can't stand it.
    I pronounce those the same way, but I've never in Pittsburgh or even a suburb.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    I pronounce those the same way, but I've never in Pittsburgh or even a suburb.
    Yuck. That's almost as bad as the Brooklyn rounding of the mouth to overemphasize the "aw" sound in "dog" or "coffee."
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    I have the lowest common denominator accent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    I have the lowest common denominator accent.
    Does such a thing exist? Where are you from? Midwest? Upstate New York? Great Lakes area?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pure_mercury View Post
    Does such a thing exist? Where are you from? Midwest? Upstate New York? Great Lakes area?
    Northern PA, in the middle of no where, is the place I spent almost all of my life. I don't sound like most of the people around there, though. But then, I was very secluded and probably wasn't socialized very much...

    Come to think of it, I don't sound like my parents either. I have no idea where me and my brothers got our accent from, but I know some people have refered to it as the news anchor accent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Magic Poriferan View Post
    Northern PA, in the middle of no where, is the place I spent almost all of my life. I don't sound like most of the people around there, though. But then, I was very secluded and probably wasn't socialized very much...

    Come to think of it, I don't sound like my parents either. I have no idea where me and my brothers got our accent from, but I know some people have refered to it as the news anchor accent.
    There are lots of middles of nowhere in Northern PA. Williamsport? Scranton? Bradford?

    Most news anchors don't get so "aw" with words like "rock" or "block" though. I have almost no trace of the Philadelphia accent, although online quizzes can usually get my hometown correct when you put together the matrix of pronunciations of certain key words. I would pronounce "block" as closer to "blahk," the way you say "ahhhhhh" when opening your mouth for your doctor. Like this:


    http://media.merriam-webster.com/soundc11/b/bloc0001
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