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Do people from Cleveland (NE Ohio) have an accent?

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  1. Chardon

    Chardon Hall of Farmer

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    So i was sitting in class the first day of the semester, and this big cowboy lookin dude sits next to me, and some how we got to talking about how he has a weird southern accent. And then he told me they our ( we ) accent is funny sounding. I was all like "What accent?"
    And that got me thinking, do we have some type of accent. He told me people up here dont say the D in Cleveland, we pronounce it like ' Clevelan' I have noticed a long "A" in a lot of the words. Such as the name "AAAnne" may be pronounced or "cat" as "caat". Get= Git






    And no, im not talking about that obnoxious NY accents. Or the Foreign Language they speak in Pittsburgh. Giant Eagle= 'Juant Iggl'
     
  2. theSTEREO.

    theSTEREO. The second of his name.

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    Re: Do people from Cleveland(NE Ohio) have an accent?

    Man, Pittsburgh accents are nuts. Unmistakable.

    Columbus people have accents.

    For the most part, Northeast Ohioans have non-regional diction (so we can all apply to be broadcasters!), but there is a faint West Side of Cleveland and/or Parma accent that sounds just like what you described Chardon. It's almost like a really really really really subtle Minnesota accent. Really faint though (if you know anyone from MN or WI, you know what I'm talking about :chuckles:)
     
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  3. HipHopSocialist

    HipHopSocialist New Member

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    Re: Do people from Cleveland(NE Ohio) have an accent?

    i always assumed we were the only people that didn't have an accent to be honest.
     
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  4. I.K.W.T

    I.K.W.T Season Ticket Holder

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    Re: Do people from Cleveland(NE Ohio) have an accent?

    That's how it always is!!!!!!! People down south don't think they have accents either, but we talk funny to them. Everyone has an accent of some sort!
     
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  5. Chardon

    Chardon Hall of Farmer

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    Re: Do people from Cleveland(NE Ohio) have an accent?

    We don't have an accent, you do! lol

    A small list of the areas with accents:
    Canada (Eh?)
    New York
    Boston
    New Jersey
    Maine
    The South
    The Deep South
    Britain
    France
    Everywhere except Northeast Ohio
     
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    HipHopSocialist New Member

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    Re: Do people from Cleveland(NE Ohio) have an accent?

    In a perfect world thats how it is!.
     
  7. MYoung23

    MYoung23 12 Reasons to Post

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    I went away to school in the mid 90s and every time I came home the speech patterns got slower and slower and with more a pronounced drawl.
     
  8. DDJ7777

    DDJ7777 Cleveland Sports Homer

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    Nah, we may have odd speech patterns and words that we say, but our accent is non existent. Here in Texas people look at me funny because I talk properly.

    I should go into broadcasting down here for sure, since you can actually understand me.
     
  9. The Oi

    The Oi Or Also Schtick

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    All I know is that the Chicago accent is the least attractive on a woman of all the American accents.
     
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  10. JayP146

    JayP146 Well-Known Member

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    If you guys don't know what the NE Ohio accent is, you need to get out more.

    Seriously, travel.
     
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  11. Chardon

    Chardon Hall of Farmer

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    Explain...
     
  12. Backstage

    Backstage A winning record? Pshaw!

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    To be honest, I never noticed it. I knew news anchors were trained to have the Ohio-like accent, but, being from NE Ohio, I never noticed it. That is, until I was taking a course here called "Vocals for the Actor" and had a visiting professor not from Ohio. He pointed out that, in words like "cat" or "ant" with that vowel sound, there was a nasality to those a's. He said it was an annoying sound and that I needed to fix it.

    Instead of that, I ensured myself that I would use it as often as possible. Fuck teachers. I didn't make fun of his Bostonian accent. Just his basketball team.
     
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  13. cavaliers4ever

    cavaliers4ever New Member

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    I say no to the accent, and pop over soda:thumbup:
     
  14. AMC

    AMC Mmhmm.

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    Well, funny story. Me and my family went to Disney World a few years back. Me, my dad, and my sister went on Mission Space in Epcot, my mom decided not to go on, so she stayed in the gift shop and started a conversation with a local women in Orlando (like Jigo). They talked for awhile, and then the lady asked my mom if she was from the Cleveland area because she could tell from my moms accent. It was creepy yet suprising at the same time. I guess we do have accents.
     
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    We talk right everyone else talks wrong!
     
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  16. DraftPick

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    I have heard that too. I go to school in Columbus and a lot of people make fun of how I say my A's as well. They say I hold it longer than other people do. I never noticed it until someone pointed it out though.
     
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    My uncle is a linguist, and he wrote this article. There is a part where he asked people to rank how they speak, and people from Michigan circled Michigan on a map and they said that is where people speak Normal.

    http://www.pbs.org/speak/speech/prejudice/attitudes/

    Saying you don't have an accent is silly. If anything you have to ask what is the standard? We aren't even the country that English originated in. If anything people who speak the Queen's English don't have accents. It is not easy to hear your own, because it can only be compared to something else, and that something else is foreign to you.
     
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  18. Chardon

    Chardon Hall of Farmer

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    I heard we also add words in our sentences.
    Them: where is my jacket?
    Us: where's my jacket at?
     
  19. johnnycake44022

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    there is most definately a cleveland accent. As Chardon says, the vowels are sort of elongated. Not everyone has it though....its kind of a weird mishmash as to how thick it is. I would almost say its more tied to class (IE: working class, middle class, etc). Seems the working class is thicker to me
     
  20. Splitz

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    I'm from New Jersey and don't have the accent that you would imagine. I fall into the category of people you hear talking on TV and can't tell what the hell part of the country they are from. Just a neutral kind of American speech pattern that is hard to dicern.


    My wife's family is from Ohio/Western PA and they all say Pop for soda and buggy for a grocery store cart. Drives me insane because nobody around here uses either term.
     

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