A couple days ago I wrote a post about the uniqueness of the New Orleans accent. What I didn’t mention is that there are actually several accents in this city demarcated along geographic and cultural lines. You got your uptown accent, your lower 9th ward accent, your black accent, your yat and some accents that seem to be a mixture of several of them. This video identifies nine accents which is pretty amazing considering this city is fairly small.
I used to think I didn’t have an accent till I went to live out in Los Angeles. By that time I had picked up a kind of a Southern accent from spending six years in Mobile, Alabama, four of those spent at Spring Hill College getting my BA. Mobile’s accent is kind of easy to pick up. All ya hafta do is speak kinda slow, or speak at a normal rate but sound lahk your speakin’ slow.
Anyway, I thought I had completely lost my New Orleans accent until I heard myself on my voice mail machine. It’s slight but it’s there. It’s not yat but there’s something about it that has a tinge of New Orleans about it. Funny I can’t hear it when I’m speaking but I can definitely hear it when I listen to a recording of myself. And now that I’ve moved back I feel like I’ve picked up the accent even more.
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