The Origin of the American Accent

Discussion in 'Linguistics' started by Challenger78, Oct 23, 2007.

  1. D H Some other guy Valued Senior Member

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    They do polka.
    They apparently also have a rock thing going on, in Norway of course.
    Many of Henrik Ibsen's plays have been adapted to the screen.

    Fargo (not Norwegian, of course, but Frances McDormand absolutely nailed the accent).

    Fargo (not really).

    Or food. A good sense of humor is in order if one is going to a lutefisk dinner at the local Sons of Norway lodge.

    Speaking of humor, google "Ole and Lena". Even though I haven't been back to Minnesota for decades, I can quickly recover the accent simply by recalling a silly Ole and Lena joke.
     
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  3. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    Actually, it depends on what part of the state you live in as far as Minnesota. I originally hail from from the Mesabi range area, and we had our own distinct accent, the "Range Accent", different from the stereotypical "Minnesota accent". Yes, I grew up in "Da Rang' "

    The accent is distinctive enough that once, when I tuned into the middle of a "Dirty Jobs" episode on leech farming, I noticed that the people he was working with had, what sounded to me like, a range accent.
    They finally mentioned the name of the lake they were "farming", and sure enough, it was within miles of where I used to live.
     
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  5. D H Some other guy Valued Senior Member

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    Hey! That's where half of my family comes from, spread from Cloquet to Marcell. Your probably a dumb Finlander, eh? (I'm mixed up: Finn+Norwegian+French Canadian.)

    That accent is distinct. It's a lot closer to the Yooper accent than that of the rest of the state.
     
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  7. Janus58 Valued Senior Member

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    Yep, And damn proud of it. You know the type, always taking saunas; actually pronounces "sauna" correctly.

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    I lived in a rural community between Virginia and Hibbing.
     
  8. quadraphonics Bloodthirsty Barbarian Valued Senior Member

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    There's an entire sub-genre of Heavy Metal centered on Norway:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_metal
     
  9. D H Some other guy Valued Senior Member

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    Well, kippis! Other than haluta kupin kahvia (it sounds so funny), suomalainen, and of course sauna, that's about all the Finnish I know. ("Bottoms up" or "cheers" of course being one of the key phrases in any language).
     

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