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Thread: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by nec207 View Post
    The phenomena of Canadians losing accent is not just in Canada but even the US .
    It's pretty cool, really. Accents and dialects form due to groups being cut off from one another. These days, accents are changing a lot due to travel, media, communicating, etc.

    I've spoken to Europeans (UK, and non-English) on voice chat quite a lot, and even they tend to have the typical North American accents.

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Guess your not aware that we have two offical languages. English and French, which we have many millions of speakers. Not unusual to encounter someone whos second language is English. Which means they do have a heavy accent. French is taught across Canada starting at grade 1 and becomes optional at grade 9. Or it used to be anyway.
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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    The only real difference between the generic American accent, and the Western Canadian accent is the difference in the way roof is pronounced.

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    I have a book "An Introduction to Language", which touches the accent aspect of languages, specifically English very well. So I just want to ask:

    Do Australians (and New Zealanders) really pronounce "torches" the same as "tortures"?

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Good grief I cringed at some of the pronounciations in those youtube clips.

    Some are obvious differentiations like

    aluminum <--- We (England and Australia) say Alu-min-ium
    (Shopping) Cart = Shopping Trolley
    Route is pronounced Root (root is Root...That's puggled you aint it)
    Gym shoes = Trainers (or pumps)
    Grandparents = Grandmother/ma or Grandad


    Carnt (can't) remember ennymoor from the youtube clips

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by zombifier25 View Post
    I have a book "An Introduction to Language", which touches the accent aspect of languages, specifically English very well. So I just want to ask:

    Do Australians (and New Zealanders) really pronounce "torches" the same as "tortures"?

    Nope

    Torch-ez

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by zombifier25 View Post
    I have a book "An Introduction to Language", which touches the accent aspect of languages, specifically English very well. So I just want to ask:

    Do Australians (and New Zealanders) really pronounce "torches" the same as "tortures"?
    I have not come across that.
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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Swagman View Post
    Nope (for aussies)

    Torch-ez
    But Kiwis do sound (to us) like they're saying Fush & chups instead of Fish & chips

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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Quote Originally Posted by Swagman View Post
    aluminum <--- We (England and Australia) say Alu-min-ium
    We had a whole thread about that a while back.
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    Re: Why do Canadians have such a think accent?

    Eh?


    http://www.tourcanada.com/comedy.htm


    iz thiz waya mean?
    Last edited by C.S.Cameron; December 31st, 2012 at 01:14 PM.

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