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    A Nebraskan accent

    Discussion in 'General Writing' started by wordsarepictures, Jan 21, 2011.

    I'm working on a piece set in Nebraska and am planning a trip out there shortly but, in the interim, does anyone have any tips on writing for a Nebraskan dialect? I don't want to get into full on phonetics but any tips are welcome.

    Shortenin' words has been suggested, as well as a few uh's here and there too but any thoughts welcome.

    Best and thanks,

    CW
     
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    I don't remember Nebraskans having an accent, but I'm from Illinois so maybe we have the same accent? Shortened or slurred words like "gonna," "ain't," and "ya'll" are fairly common.
     
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    Well garsh, I dun rek'n y'all talk jist like uzn's :D

    Actually, it's kind of a bland speach, typically. No rhythm, not much slang that we can honestly call our own-- most slang that does show up is borrowed from TV or movies.

    I suppose the best single rule-- though admitedly an extremely generic one-- would be: Don't use a complex word when a simple one will do.

    One last thing. When you visit, brace yourself, cause it'll be like traveling back in time to 2003. :eek:
     
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    Minor edit. :p
     
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    Actually, the "American" accent you hear on television IS the accent you want. Those "middle America" speech patterns are used because they are fairly easy for everyone else to understand.

    -Frank
     
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    Lol! Edited like a true Nebraskan. Nicely done. :D
     
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    Hah, thanks guys, some good starting points. I found a project on YouTube - The Worldwide Accent Project - which has a good selection of videos and soundbites from all over if anyone else finds themselves stuck.
     
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    CW,

    Thanks very much for the tip regarding WAP. I'll have to take a look at it after work.

    -Frank
     
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    I lived in NW Iowa for 7 years, a couple hours from Omaha, & never really noticed an accent that I wouldn't qualify as "southern"-esque, & even then was never the majority.
    Unless you're speaking more about rural NE, in which case I have no idea.
    I'd agree that it is more a distinction of dialect, than accent. I remember it being wierd that people said "soda" rather than "pop" in California - little things like that.
     

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