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    I grew up in Iowa - when I moved to CA, people told me I had an accent. When I moved to DC, people told me I had an accent.

    Hell, when I used to travel to Houston for work, THEY told ME I had an accent!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Res Ipsa Loquitur View Post
    I grew up in Iowa - when I moved to CA, people told me I had an accent. When I moved to DC, people told me I had an accent.

    Hell, when I used to travel to Houston for work, THEY told ME I had an accent!
    That's odd you think through media exposure that people wouldn't have noticed due to the Midwest being the standard for television expecially.
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    Many upper-midwesterners are comically confused about their accents. They were brought up with this false notion that they didn't have one, or that it is "neutral", or that it is the best, when it is actually obvious and definitely none of the above.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opivy1980 View Post
    That's odd you think through media exposure that people wouldn't have noticed due to the Midwest being the standard for television expecially.
    Actually, this is a false notion. Ages ago this was semi-true at one point (the training was based mostly on Michigan pronunciations), but it still had accent removal.

    You are not in Michigan, and even if you were, you would have an accent.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf View Post
    Many upper-midwesterners are comically confused about their accents. They were brought up with this false notion that they didn't have one, or that it is "neutral", or that it is the best, when it is actually obvious and definitely none of the above.
    I'm not talking about the Nordic Minnesotan or Wisconsin or Dakota dialect, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Michigan, are what I am talking about, and not the rural backwater influenced dialect either. There isn't an accent, everything is pronounced and sounds like a dictionary version of English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Opivy1980 View Post
    I'm not talking about the Nordic Minnesotan or Wisconsin or Dakota dialect, Ohio, Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Nebraska, Colorado, Michigan, are what I am talking about, and not the rural backwater influenced dialect either. There isn't an accent, everything is pronounced and sounds like a dictionary version of English.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rhu View Post
    Y'all is you-niversal. My question was targeting PA backwoods accents!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wolf View Post
    Believe what you like, the rest of us are laughing at you.
    You have a Midland accent" is just another way of saying "you don't have an accent." You probably are from the Midland (Pennsylvania, southern Ohio, southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Missouri) but then for all we know you could be from Florida or Charleston or one of those big southern cities like Atlanta or Dallas. You have a good voice for TV and radio-http://msgboard.snopes.com/cgi-bin/ultimatebb.cgi?ubb=get_topic;f=71;t=001493;p=3

    I can keep coming up with proof while you just postulate without any hard evidence.
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    I think Wolf should be taken on a tour of the eastern U.S. (rural great plains, Chicago, Cleveland, Minneapolis, small town Michigan, the I-90 section of New York, Boston, The center of evil Washington D.C., Atlanta, small town Kentucky, Nerw Orleans, anywhere else that shows what the more populated section of the U.S. has to offer.), it could be our first major MBTIcentral real life project.


    And, following the trend, I wish to state that I have no accent either, although there is a second "countrier" accent that some peopl in the great Lakes are have.

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    I know I have an accent, yet I've been told because I, a) learned a second language before the age of five and b) enunciate, they have a hard time determining just what kind of accent I have.

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