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June 02, 2005

I'm the one with no accent

The BBC World Service program Outlook finally got around to airing the interview they conducted with me on the subject of Stephen Morin. Listen to it here. (duration, 7:43) Thanks to Jean, The Bone, and of course the wonderful Space Kitty for giving me the heads-up that it had aired; the Beeb only keeps a week's worth of shows on their website, and I would almost certainly have missed the chance to yoink the file if not for y'all.

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Glad to help. It's not often I'm up at 1:35 am on a school night - it's synchronicity. Good to put a voice to the blog, as it were.

Posted by: Space Kitty at June 2, 2005 10:03 PM
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Those of us from Upstate New York are the only beings in the known Universe who have no accent. I asked my wife, Mrs. Fort, to listen to a bit of the interview, and she agreed. At least I *think* that "Yeah, you two guys sound pretty much alike" is some sort of endorsement of the postulate.

Question: do folks from the Western tier pronounce "--ing" as "--een" like Chenango-ites do? Not that I know anybody who does, mind, it's just idle curiosity.

Posted by: Sherwood at June 3, 2005 10:12 PM
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Sherwood, I think that's endemic to the tier of counties from Chenango to Oswego. I always thought of that as something I left in the Finger Lakes.

There are a couple of regular commenters here from Rochester: perhaps they could weigh in on whether that pronunciation gets over to Monroe County. As for the eastern extension... it's too bad we don't know anyone in, say, Glens Falls.

Posted by: Chris Clarke at June 4, 2005 06:30 AM
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There's no discernible accent in Glens Falls -- the Quebec-influenced "Jeezum Crow" accent ends a little north of Ticonderoga, and the Noo Yawk accent doesn't pick up until you get way down into the outskirts of Yonkers or so, 150 miles south of here. For geography, Glens Falls is the southern tip of the Adirondacks, but accent-wise, it's the northern tip of the Capital District -- a general Mid-Atlantic nothing accent.

Incidentally, I was in Charleston, SC, a few weeks ago and was dismayed to find that the local TV newscasters have no discernible accents. I don't know if they simply won't hire locals or if the locals are trained to talk flavorless-Yankee, but I thought they really missed a chance to use their local newscasts to differentiate themselves from the 150 other cable channels ... the local advertisers had no qualms about sounding like they lived there.

Posted by: Mike Peterson at June 5, 2005 05:33 PM
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