Quote: Originally Posted by DurkaDurka
I sound kinda like Rita McNeil with a huskier tone.
Canada's full of regional accents. They're often not as obvious as some American regional accents, but they're certainly there. The Newfoundland lilt is pretty obvious, for instance, and has roots in medieval Irish, and I can spot a southern Ontario accent in about three words, I just have to hear a few flat, nasalized vowels. As a long-time Habs fan I also often watch hockey games on the French language channels, which always include interviews with French-speaking players at intermissions. My French isn't very good, I certainly wouldn't claim to be fluent in it, but I can spot regional French Canadian accents too. There's a very distinct French accent from the border region between north eastern Ontario and north western Quebec, an obviously very different one from the longer-settled areas along the St. Lawrence River, and yet a third from the Eastern Townships. It also shows up in the way bilingual players speak English too. And French speakers on the prairies where I live are different again.
Accents I think are produced by isolation. In the modern world of mass communications such isolation doesn't happen much anymore, in the long term all us English speakers will probably end up sounding pretty much the same, the so-called "mid-Atlantic" accent. Such accents as remain are just residues of previous isolation. I listen to BBC and CBC a lot, and my impression is that the announcers are converging toward a common pronunciation. The diversity of accents in England far exceeds anything in Canada or the United States (ever heard a Lancashire farmer talk? Barely sounds like English), but people with the more extreme accents don't get jobs as radio and tv announcers.