Saturday, December 02, 2006

The Sound of My Voice

I popped in for a visit with Ms Mac this morning and discovered a delightful recording of her voice and a discussion of accents. So, here is a recording of my voice demonstrating my own accent. As I was speaking, answering the three questions posed by Ms Mac, I was sure I do not have an accent, but as I listen, I apparently do. I just don't know how to describe it. (I used studio.odeo.com to create this).


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20 comments:

Lizard said...

It's hilarious that you don't believe you have an accent at all. Then again, I don't think I have one either, and plenty of people would disagree. Evidence: there is a town near Denver named Arvada, pronounced "are-va-duh" (diphthong [æ] like "bat" in the middle). I think this is an ugly interpretation of that word, and where I'm from it would more likely be "are-vah-dah" (pure [ɒ] like "bot" in the middle. I knowingly mispronounce this word almost every time in the name of beauty. Other people just blame it on my southern roots. . . or my snobbery. . .which may be the same thing. . .

Robyn said...

Hey Liz-beth (my niece for those who don't know). When I was reading your post, I read Arvada the way you say it--it seems to fit. The other way sounds like someone trying to speak Spanish and getting the vowels all wrong. Like Grass-ee-ass. hee hee

Speaking of ass, are we all going to make a list of words we can't say at Christmas this year?

lizard said...

Ha ha! I've already been rehearsing with Brett. He's not as practiced at the "no use" words yet.

dive said...

Wow, Robyn; you are SOOOOO American!
It's lovely to hear your voice at last; I can even hear you smile!
My stupid village broadband means I can only listen to the first couple of sentences, but I'll listen to all of it on monday at work.

I'm now off to party for the Revolution but I'll try listening again when I get home; the connection is usually better after midnight.

As for my accent. Imagine a slightly less plummy Stephen Fry.

Robyn said...

I am pretty American, but it suits me since I'm supposed to be American.

I don't know what plummy means, so you'll have to post your own blurb, Dive.

JanieBelle said...

Well your voice is just nipply.

Just so y'know.

:)

Taihae said...

haha i signed on to that recording website, and I've been merrily recording my warbling for an hour....though i dont think i have the guts to post it...always been a bit shy of a singer.

Old Knudsen said...

I hate my own accent but many love it, I go more country within 10 minutes of being around relatives from culchie land, ah pity I'm so stone age and can't tape it, Robyn, you're now a real person to me, I had you at being more posh, I wish I could put you saying NIPPLE on a loop for my own personal uses.

Robyn said...

Old Knudson, posh? hmmm.

Sassy Sundry said...

Wow. That's your voice. It sounds different from what I had imagined it to be (I did picture it way more midwestern, but you have a bit of southern in there too), but it's nice to hear.

I wish I could do this, but I don't think I have a microphone with the laptop. Besides I was also out until almost three this morning, and the voice is sounding a little groggy.

Ms Mac said...

Well done Robyn! Not only for being brave enough to post your voice but for being clever enough to get Odeo to work!

A friend and I were discussing that hearing someone's voice often personalises someone far more than a picture ever can.

Robyn said...

Sassy, you can really hear southern in there? My niece (Lizard) is southern, and I bet she'd howl over that one. I can't hear it at all, but them I'm a little immuned.

Ms Mac, it does a little nerve, but I figured I didn't really care. And it adds a new dimension to a world that is a little artificial sometimes.

RICH said...

Robyn, I finally got around to listening to your voice. Somehow it doesn't go with your face. Plus you sound like a school teacher. ;)

I've been playing catch up reading your blog as this time of year there isn't enough time in the day for me.

So you don't like nipple rings either I bet eh???

Robyn said...

You think I sound like a school teacher?!? Hmm, Knudson thought I would sound "posh." I don't get it.

RICH said...

well, maybe a sexy school teacher's voice... how's that?

Anonymous said...

Hello Robyn

I enjoyed listening to your voice and I thought you must be quite young otherwise you couldn't imagine you don't have an accent of some sort.

This is exactly what I used to think about my own voice, a long time ago! I speak BBC English so I was sure that was THE only way to speak properly and that everyone else had an accent.

Your 'accent' must be what one mostly hears on the radio in America. Once I get hold of a microphone I'm looking forward to taping my Home Counties English accent.

Deborah said...

sorry, that was me, Deborah

Robyn said...

Deborah, nice of you stop and listen. I am actually mid 40ish and am beginning to look my age. I sound pretty young, though, and when I answer the phone, almost everyone calling thinks I am my 16-year-old daughter.

When you record your BBC self, give me a buzz so I will know where to find you.

deborah said...

http://media.odeo.com//files/5/0/3/2098503.mp3

Hello again, robyn

I wanted to do this a second time but every time I try the whole thing gets jumbled, like at the end of this one. It's a bit quiet too, never mind!

Robyn said...

Deborah, that was lovely, althought it cut as you were about to five an example of some kind. In the US, accents are more a tag for region than for class--poor grammar being the key low-class or redneck marker. Within each region and accent distinction, there are ways in which people separate high from low based on speech.

There are people who think of southern accents as low, but that's not true really. It's just that there are quite a lot of rough types with bad grammar in the south who give the place a bad name. How's that for being a snob?