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There isn't any unusual accent in that speech. What you're referring to, though, is intonation, and one of the things you're specifically referring to is called vocal fry. In vocal fry, the vocal folds are shortened and slack so they close together completely and pop back open, with a little jitter, as the air comes through. That popping, jittery effect ...


I agree with Nenookaasi. I grew up in the Detroit metro area and do notice a different pronunciation between people from Chicago and New York. I do not think people in the lower peninsula have the pronunciation you describe.


I'm also born and raised in Kalamazoo, MI. From my understanding of NCVS, I don't think I have it (can't entirely decide), but I'm sure my parents don't. Considering my friend group of people who are from the cities (excluding suburbs) of Chicago, Detroit, and New York (the Bronx), I find NCVS: very noticeable from New Yorkers not at all noticeable from ...


With such high level of English that you have, you'd think you could be able to tell that yourself;) From what you have provided, though, I think it is a combination of both: German people would naturally mix up the 'V's and the 'W's and use a rhotic 'R' when pronouncing the letter 'R', but, personally, I have never seen a German pronounce the 'stio's as ...


It is a standard what we call 'posh' Oxford accent. To me, though, it seems that he is a foreigner that is just very good at making accents - the way he speaks is very unnatural, and he often makes pauses that are just far too long. Again, though, this is only my opinion.


With regard to the concept of 'correctness' of individual language elements, there are two competing views and these two views will affect how to differentiate varieties. There is describing scientifically what is out there, what people actually say and how their individual way of speaking can be categorized with others, and then there is systematizing ...

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