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Contrary to belief, local linguists say Northwest has distinctive dialect
""So, why do so many women talk creaky here? What's that mean anyway?

"Bill Clinton is a good example of creaky," said Ingle. Clinton's folksy speech, in which his voice sounds both scratchy and relaxed, is the opposite of "breathy" voicing, she said.

In the Northwest, Ingle's study indicates creaky voicing is popular -- especially among women. Breathy voicing, which in extreme form sounds like Marilyn Monroe's birthday song for JFK, is not big in the Northwest.

Wassink said the local popularity of creaky voicing could be how we compensate for another feature of our speech style. We've stopped using one vowel. Linguists work with 15 vowel sounds to describe spoken American English and we only use 14 of them."

[more: http://cascadiascorecard.typepad.com/blog/2005/05/do_you_speak_ca.html AND http://portland.indymedia.org/en/2005/05/317962.shtml ]
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september 2009 by robertogreco

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