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02-24-2015, 07:37 PM   #14941
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QuoteOriginally posted by savoche Quote
Quite true, and very fascinating. Even the way people write English can sometimes tell you which is their first language.

My accent when speaking English is a bit all over the place, it seems. From just a few sentences I have been taken for a Brit, I have been guessed as Dutch, and I've even been told I have "a beautiful South African accent"

By Muricans my accent is usually labelled as "foreign", though


I agree, the style of writing also tells a lot. Writing gives away more of the difficulties a person has with English because of the inflection of words for grammar. Also, people from some backgrounds have some unusual and characteristic written forms. Ones I get often in emails are:
"Dear Respected Sir" - if the author really respected 'sir' the author would bother to find out the proper name and title of 'sir', "Please do the needful", "your esteemed university" - trying to butter me up to feel good and do what is requested and from a different background "Hey Tim" - I am comfortable with informality, but this seems to be asserting the student's belief they have authority over me, very rude.

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QuoteOriginally posted by tim60 Quote
I agree, the style of writing also tells a lot. Writing gives away more of the difficulties a person has with English because of the inflection of words for grammar. Also, people from some backgrounds have some unusual and characteristic written forms. Ones I get often in emails are:
"Dear Respected Sir" - if the author really respected 'sir' the author would bother to find out the proper name and title of 'sir', "Please do the needful", "your esteemed university" - trying to butter me up to feel good and do what is requested and from a different background "Hey Tim" - I am comfortable with informality, but this seems to be asserting the student's belief they have authority over me, very rude.
My mom's family is from Iowa my dad's from Georgia, If I were to spend a half hour with my cousins, currently from Cincinnati, I'd have a drawl in 15 minutes, and you'd think I was from Georgia. But they always ask me to "talk Canadian" which involves calling people "hosers" and saying "eh" to them. I know when we get in the bar we've totally messed up a few "I know where you're from " linguists.

But, anyone from Ohio knows I grew up in Ohio. I don't even know how they know.
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Well, if when speaking, you refer to "Ohio" I don't know how they would know. If, OTH, you speak of "Ohiah", I have a theory as to how people know.
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Ooh, accents!

I'm from trøndelag, a region of norway with a distinctive (and oft made fun of) dialect. But, having lived in northern norway for two years, my dialect has started to take on nordnorsk characteristics and slang, so nobody can tell where i'm from anymore. I've been asked if i'm from brønnøysund (which both geographically and linguistically between trøndelag and northern norway, so makes sense), from somewhere in nordmøre, which is south of trøndelag, and even if i'm swedish. But then i say where i'm from, and everyone goes 'oh, wait, now i hear it', and proceeds to make fun of my dialect.

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Location and accent, huh? Howdy Y'all!
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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
I don't know if it's still true today, but years ago I saw some statistics on language and French was the first language of more countries than was any other language.
Touché!
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QuoteOriginally posted by savoche Quote
But back on topic...
Now yer talkin'!
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QuoteOriginally posted by normhead Quote
My mom's family is from Iowa my dad's from Georgia, If I were to spend a half hour with my cousins, currently from Cincinnati, I'd have a drawl in 15 minutes, and you'd think I was from Georgia. But they always ask me to "talk Canadian" which involves calling people "hosers" and saying "eh" to them. I know when we get in the bar we've totally messed up a few "I know where you're from " linguists.

But, anyone from Ohio knows I grew up in Ohio. I don't even know how they know.
A few years back a guy in Roanoke, Virginia told me I was "Canadian" because of my "accent". But as far as I am concerned, he was the one with the accent.

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No comment ... and even I have a pronounced accent.

Remember, I grew up in a red(neck) state ...
Having lived on both coasts, the North and the South, and many places in between, my "accent" is a hodge podge of accents and bits of dialect and phraseology from all of them.

I say "howdy" to people when I greet them, and "y'all" not only when referring to people, but also when asking someone about something.

I pronounce water more like someone from New York state would.

And then there is the influence from my friends North of the Border. Makes the good ole boys down South think I am from there.

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Where's the i?
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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
At the forum default of 15 posts per page, page # 1000 will occur before post # 15,000. (Page 1000 will start with post # 14,986)

Pictures, or lack of, have no effect.
But deleted posts do, right?

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Accent? I have no accent.
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But deleted posts do, right?
Nope.
That's why I'll be assured of post #15,000. Just after we pass it I'll make a post, then delete enough of yours to roll the number back to 15,000 for mine.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Parallax Quote
Nope.
That's why I'll be assured of post #15,000. Just after we pass it I'll make a post, then delete enough of yours to roll the number back to 15,000 for mine.
... that's our very own and very special Almighty Mod.

(Brown nosing here so I can maybe get # 15,000)
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Nope.
That's why I'll be assured of post #15,000. Just after we pass it I'll make a post, then delete enough of yours to roll the number back to 15,000 for mine.
Cheater.
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