Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

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Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby indigo_jones » Thu Jul 23, 2009 9:42 am

I figured with all the discussion of accents going on in the Black Seeds thread, I might as well start a proper thread here.

When I was going to university in New Orleans, a friend from Massachusetts had some of his friends come down for a visit. They had particularly strong Boston accents, which made conversation confusing and hilarious at times, since most of the rest of us were from Florida, Louisiana, Georgia and Alabama. I remember the classic confusion over cap and cop and beer and bear. :rolleyes:
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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby SuzyBatt » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:24 pm

I'm Canadian eh, we don't have accents! :biggrin:

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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby Ozpot » Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:59 pm

SuzyBatt wrote:I'm Canadian eh, we don't have accents! :biggrin:


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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby kellysouthpaw » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:06 pm

I'm from Michigan, we REALLY don't have accents ;)

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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby biscuit » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:11 pm

I'm from Norway:) I have all sorts of accents :lol:

I don't know enough about American accents to understand what Indy is talking about :worry:

Since I'm in the process of trying to get my webcam work I think it would be fun if people recorded their accents :D It's hard, for me at least, to imagine what you all sound like.
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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby vmh » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:23 pm

If you ask most Americans, they'll say they don't have an accent. But everyone has an accent, right?

I suppose I have a standard American accent.
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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby Ozpot » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:43 pm

Well, my background is Ukrainian, Polish, and Welsh. If that means anything. :roll:
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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby Faith » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:50 pm

biscuit wrote:Since I'm in the process of trying to get my webcam work I think it would be fun if people recorded their accents :D It's hard, for me at least, to imagine what you all sound like.


I'll do the webcam thing if someone else does. I don't wanna be the only one. :worry:

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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby vmh » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:51 pm

Ozpot wrote:Well, my background is Ukrainian, Polish, and Welsh. If that means anything. :roll:


I'm part Ukrainian too! ::high fives::
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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby SheWolf » Thu Jul 23, 2009 3:58 pm

No webcams!

I'm from New Jersey and I don't got no stinkin' accent.
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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby indigo_jones » Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:03 pm

biscuit, this might help a lot to give you a bit of a sense of the Boston accent. (Scene from Good Will Hunting) They generally don't pronounce the R much and cop and cap end up sounding the same, leaning more to sounding like cap, but very nasally.
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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby biscuit » Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:08 pm

I'll obviously do it, but we'd have to be more than two for it to make sense, I guess.

As for my "accent"; I used to speak with an American accent when I was younger, although I don't know which one. Probably west coast, since that's what you get most of in films I would guess. Then at some point I just switched to speaking British English. I don't have one English accent though. To people who aren't British I probably sound British, but to Brits I'm not sure.

I pick up bits and pieces from everywhere. I hung out a lot with a Kiwi friend a few years back, which according to an English girl I met made me sound like someone from the Thames valley who had lived in Australia for 10 years :shock: :lol: I kind of adopted going up at the end of sentences and things like that. It's come back a bit since watching a lot of FOTC :worry:
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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby Ozpot » Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:20 pm

vmh wrote:
Ozpot wrote:Well, my background is Ukrainian, Polish, and Welsh. If that means anything. :roll:


I'm part Ukrainian too! ::high fives::


::high fives:: :whitey:
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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby eejm » Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:26 pm

My maternal grandfather came from the Fargo, ND, and sounded *exactly* like Mr. Mohra - the bartender in the movie Fargo that was shoveling his driveway while talking with the state trooper. That was exactly the kinds of things my grandfather would say and exactly how he'd say them. He also had the same, folksy, friendly personality and loved to chat with anyone and everyone.

He also pronounced the 'th' sound in the English language as 't' - instead of saying "North Dakota," it would come out as "Nort Dakota." While the speech patterns and sayings in that movie were supposed to be an exaggeration, most of my maternal relatives sound just like that.

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Re: Accents: Or How I Learned the Difference Between Cop and Cap

Postby biscuit » Thu Jul 23, 2009 4:54 pm

indigo_jones wrote:biscuit, this might help a lot to give you a bit of a sense of the Boston accent. (Scene from Good Will Hunting) They generally don't pronounce the R much and cop and cap end up sounding the same, leaning more to sounding like cap, but very nasally.


Cheers! I like that accent:)
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