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Emphasis always depends on context, so clean answers are not possible without more of the dialog. 1) If you are beginning a conversation, it would be "How do you do?" with more emphasis on "do" than on "how". If you are reciprocating the same statement from someone else, emphasis would be on "you". 2) This one depends on what you thought you had heard ...


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I think the stresses would be as follows: "How do you do?", "Did you say you were hold ing a par ty?", and "Is he go ing to take that job?" Putting a stress on "Is" in the third example would assume an answer like "Well, of course he's going to take the job!"


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I'd like to preface that I'm not highly experienced at this, so I tried explaining my reasoning as best I could. If there are any remarks on my approach being incorrect or not clear, I do apologize and hope to use this as a learning opportunity myself. "How do you do?" That seems to sound more clean to me. Since we are asking how they are doing, we ...


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A few examples of things I've noticed (especially in Cache Valley) are: pronouncing the word "deal" and "real", "peel", etc. as "dill", "rill", "pill" etc. ....similar for the words "really" ("rilly") and "dealer" ("diller") pronouncing the word "our" the same way most pronounce "are" pronouncing words like "light", "right", "bright", etc. as "loyt" ...


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Currently a Utah resident and have been for 25 years. (don't judge me :-P) But I can confirm that I catch myself frequently stating "mountain" as "moun'ain", Layton as "lay'on". However, I have never vocalized "creek" as "crick" (though it seems to be about 50% of those I've come across) or "Mormon" as "Marmon". I personally would say that the Utah ...


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I was just discussing this with a friend of mine who is black. She was brought up in New York City, her mother and father were from Mississippi. Her mother's family lived east of New Orleans and have gone back in their family history about four generations to an ancestor who was a slave from Martinique. All of those family members spoke French. The family ...


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There was some discussion about this some years ago because some Brits got upset because it seemed that most of the powerful villain characters (like James Bond villains, ironically) usually had upper class British accents. Many apparently regarded it as some form of anglophobia. More likely, the explanation is that America, as the land of common man, ...


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British English is distinguished? Or more distinguished on balance than US English? I'm not convinced. Also, educated speech is not necessarily high on the articulate spectrum -- at least not as regards phonological articulation. Of course, the problem with measures of 'articulate' is that 'articulate' is going to tend to follow what you were personally ...


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I could listen to Shelby Foote for hours; to my ears the most distinguished American accent I've come across. Video Example



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