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  •  If it makes you feel any better (1+ / 0-)
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    my students here in Michigan are pretty nonplussed when I tell them that to people where I come from (Florida), they actually sound like what we would consider Canadian, or at least "indeterminate Northern." Well, maybe it won't make anyone feel better. But a lot of people in Michigan seem to think that the way they talk is "right," so I can't resist pointing out how funny they actually sound to people who aren't from around here.

    And I love the "eh" pronunciation lesson, especially the invocation of the Fonz.

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    •  What's odd is... (1+ / 0-)
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      that the BC accent has changed in my lifetime. As a teenager in the 70's, I noticed that most folks over the line sounded more or less like most Washingtonians: little apparent accent, no odd inflections (yes, I was and am a nerd). Now, lo these 40 years later, the influx of both foreign and domestic immigrants have shifted the spoken dialect more towards that of eastern Canada, with "ey" being said far more often than formerly, and a more Torontonian sound being heard. Think CBC announcers, and you have it.

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