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I don't understand what "picking an accent" means. Probably you intend 'picking up an accent', in other words being able to imitate it. This is a talent of mimicry.


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Technically, it is called speech imitation ability. The person who has this ability is called a good mimic also. Speech sound imitation is a pivotal learning mechanism for humans. Vocal imitation provides a basis for acquisition of both languages and musical systems. Some people, on the other hand, are adept at vocal imitation and make a living ...


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The Dictionary of American Regional English uses a region called "Utah". You can investigate the features of that region on that web site. (Subscription required. Perhaps you library has one.)


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This podcast sheds light on the issue: http://radiowest.kuer.org/post/speaking-american-speaking-utahn It is an interview with two language experts. They talk about regional accents in general, but focus on Utah specifically. Interestingly enough, according to the folks in this episode, most of the things that people identify with being unique to Utah are ...



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