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User avatar #23 - areo0420 (05/09/2012) [-]
actually, technically speaking...

american is an accent... it's the accent of having no accent.

however, there is technically no place that has people who speak with it. or at least, no geological place. See, speaking with an American accent requires training (or talent) and is only seen on television or by politicians.

so technically, they're both right/wrong... unless the gal actually has an accent...
User avatar #46 to #23 - wallacewells (05/09/2012) [-]
You've become too accustomed to the way you speak, and are not looking at this from the right perspective.. You are not the standard, nobody can be, and you and another person do not share the same exact vocal properties. If you were being EXTREMELY, and I mean EXTREMELY specific, you could say that everybody has a different diealect. But fortunately, we group them into dialects that, typically, are based on region.
I'm an American and I'm very disappointed that you think American English. (Which has many accents including New Yorker, Chicago, and Southern accents) is the standard accent for every English speaker. English Accents were the way English was intentionally meant to be spoken, but even the English have a plethora of dialects within their "English" accent.
#32 to #23 - RoscoeG (05/09/2012) [-]
Two things: One, what kind of American are you referring to? There's plenty of dialects in America, all with unique pronunciations and foibles, as I've listed in my previous comment.
And two, if you're referring to "General American", the so-called Newscaster accent, even THAT is an accent of its own. Ever notice how "Father" and "Bother" rhyme? They didn't used to. In Early Modern English, the first vowel of Bother is similar to that of Father, yet it is specifically rounded. Father's is not. However, as General American sprouted out of EME, the vowel sounds of /ɑː/ in Father and /ɒ/ in Bother merged to be virtually one and the same.

So you see, General American is NOT accentless, it's just its own, distinct accent that people seem to think is "neutral".

en.wikipedia.org/wiki/General_American For more reading, if I haven't bored you by talking this much about it. I'll shut up now.
User avatar #30 to #23 - LTB (05/09/2012) [-]
I like to think of it as water, it has no taste, therefore since no other drink is like it, it has a taste.
User avatar #54 to #30 - adeadaxe (05/09/2012) [-]
Water has a taste though. Somewhere on the bottle there should be something along the lines of "Minerals added for taste."
User avatar #79 to #54 - LTB (05/09/2012) [-]
I was talking about tap water. I ******* hate Dasani water though.
User avatar #28 to #23 - zzforrest (05/09/2012) [-]
It's a way of speaking, therefore it is an accent.
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