An interesting piece on KUOW yesterday morning ( transcript and audio (3 min)) about research at U-W and Portland State on regional accents.
- To NW speakers, the vowels are the same in "odd" and "ought".
- Natives often drop the ending -ed, saying "can fruit" instead of "canned fruit"
Quotes from Jennifer Ingle, who did a whole study on accents in Ballard that was written up in the Seattle PI a few months ago, which noted that Northwesterners
- say "bucket" instead of "pail"
- emphasize the 's' in words
- use only 14 out of 15 American English vowel sounds.