AccentsSeptember 30, 2006
Desperate for a topic to post on, I’ve decided to borrow a topic that Jane Ann brought up in an e-mail. “Funny, but this morning in the shower, she said, “I got to thinking about our voices.” She has been wondering what we bloggers sound like, who has a New England accent, who sounds like a Valley Girl and so forth. So this will be a story about the evolution of my accent.
Because, you see, I always thought that I had no accent. I just talk normal. It’s all the folks around me that talk funny. 😉
No, but I am from Indianapolis, which is southeast of Chicago. I was amazed that she could pin point it even that close. Hm-m-m, maybe I do have an accent.
While living in Hawaii I was deeply immersed in accents. I picked up a few of the local words there, such as “da kine” and “mauka” and makai”. But I never did pick up the Pidgin English prevalent there. It was like a foreign language to me. Most of the time I couldn’t even understand it, let alone speak it. My husband picked Pidgin up the first week we were there. He was so good at it the locals thought that he was a local. I was always a haole (outsider).
We’ve been here in San Antonio 8 years now and I definately hear the Texas drawl creeping into my speech. I’ll say something like “y’all” or, even worse, “all y’all” and I’ll think, “YIKES, where did that come from?” The funny thing is, I can’t figure out what I would have said in it’s place before we moved here!!
So I must sound like a Midwesterner, with an icing of Texan drawl and a sprinkling of Pidgin. I wonder what the future holds.