back to "rhotic miscellany"
|Date:||Monday, November 8, 2004, 15:11|
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, Sally Caves <scaves@F...> wrote:
----- Original Message -----
>>Yes it is! If you don't mind my asking, I wonder where you're from
>>in the States (are you from the States?).
I was born in CA a year before WWII. My father (may he rest in
peace) was a sailor and a Pearl Harbor survivor. I began to speak in
the home of my maternal grandparents where we lived during the war.
Neither of them spoke the German or Sicilian of their ancestors. I
can not remember ever noticing an accent in my family. Mom grew up
in Dover, NJ; Dad in Jersey City. We lived in several states before
settling down in VA. I have lived in VA since '48, but by that time
my speech patterns had been established. I have always thought of
myself as having no accent, at least none that marks me as from a
particular region of America. Who knows what Prof. Higgins might
discern! I believe that's known as a midwestern accent, the one that
broadcasters try to emulate. At least that's what my brother, the
DJ, told me.