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    What kind of accent do you have, from your perspective?

    Me... I guess maybe like 80% General American(cali and/or midwest in character)... + 20% undefined Asian/Other

    What bout you?...

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    I have a Lancashire accent, it's more of a generic one than one from a specific part of Lancashire (I'm from Preston).

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    InLand North; originally from around Detroit in Michigan, USA. It's moderated some since I've lived in Virginia for a long time but it's mostly the speed of talking has slowed down rather than pronunciation has changed.

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    Mine is mostly Kentish/East London with the odd Bristolian word here and there
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    Probably mostly General American, with some Central Pennsylvania and coastal Mississippi influence from my parents. I hear the Central Pennsylvanian occasionally, in some words, and inwardly cringe. I do not say things like "warsh" for "wash". I also don't say any form of "y'uns" -- and my father scrupulously avoided that, too, along with "crick" for "creek". However, his siblings and their kids still generally say them.

    On the other side, I don't say "sofer" for "sofa" as my mother did, but I do occasionally hear some "southern Mississippian" creeping in, mostly when I talk to anyone with a southern accent. It isn't deliberate; it just happens.

    Certain words I had to deliberately learn to pronounce in the "standard" way (for Americans). An example would be "strength", where I now pronounce the "ng" sound. Until university, I would have said "strenth" and had no idea that this wasn't "correct".

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    I live in Pittsburgh currently. Western Pennsylvanian (which locals wrongly refer to as "Pittsburgh English", even though it isn't limited just to the city or even the surrounding county) and Central Pennsylvanian are really just variants of each other, although "y'uns" (you ones) seems a bit more comprehensible to me than western PA's "yinz".

    The Central Pennsylvania accent of uncles, aunts, and cousins on my fathers side is much stronger than mine because they still live in the area, which is very rural. Pittsburgh, being larger, has more "outside influences", which have a somewhat moderating influence.
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    I never got that inserted "R"; according to my mother I had trouble with that sound when learning to talk. She says people thought I had a Boston accent! The rest of the family does--I live near Warshington, DC. I saw a couple of articles about the "Michigan accent", I hadn't realized I still had one. I have to think to say "mirror", for instance, or else it still comes out "meer".......

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