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Suffet Accents in American popular music (15) RE: Accents in American popular music 20 Oct 13


Greetings again,

I still hear a very strong Brooklyn accent in Bev Grant's voice. Of course you have to make allowance for the fact that this is singing, not ordinary conversation, but the accent is clearly there. Also, it is a contemporary Brooklyn accent, one that you would expect to hear from real Brooklynites today. It is not, however, the caricature of a 1940s-1950s Brooklyn accent often found in film.

Anne's Bronx accent is much more subtle, and it sounds like she has consciously tried to overcome it in her singing voice. Furthermore, it is a middle class Bronx accent, so it tends to sound like a middle class accent from the other boroughs. Nevertheless, there is still a hint of it in her song, and it is more noticeable when she talks.

--- Steve


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