|What American accent do you have? |
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|What American accent do you have?|
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This is absolutely hysterical, because people are always shocked when I tell them I'm from Boston. "But you don't have a Boston accent!" (when I moved back home, a few New Yorkers said they could hear the change in my speech, but I think they were full of it.) Honestly, I can't even fake it; I've tried. And there are a few different Boston accents anyway, from Brahmin to Townie. I don't have either of those, but I do speak like everyone from my hometown, namely Upper Middle Class Suburban, with a touch of Snob.
Funny thing is, I talked this way even before I moved to said suburb when I was 10. When I was younger, in a Townie-talking area, I just didn't sound like the other kids. And in high school, I'd go to parties with my South Shore godsister, and her friends would ask where I was from, not able to believe that I was from the nearby North Shore. (not to say that how I talk is a North Shore accent; the next town over sounds Townie.)
I did a study on this for a college Linguistics course. My conclusion? Like everything else in Boston, how you speak is a factor of socioeconomic status, not geography.