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What is the native San Francisco accent? That is, the accent that San Franciscans had in the middle of the 20th century. Was it as distinctive as a Boston or New York accent? This is a question that I've pondered on and off for a while...
posted by vacapinta to Writing & Language (15 answers total) 13 users marked this as a favorite
This article from 1984
in the SF Gate discusses the San Francisco accent in detail and how it is disappearing.
The first thing to go is the language. Despite everything you've ever heard, there is a distinctive San Francisco way of talking and it is important to make note of it, for the record, before it becomes as dead as Latin. Here's how to talk like a San Franciscan...
It then notes that "With any luck, you might catch Russ Coughlin, also on KGO-TV. He is a graduate of Mission High, and has the last pure San Francisco accent on the local airwaves.
Well, here's some video with Russ Coughlin
so you can hear yourself. What is remarkable is that he sounds a lot like another old time native San Franciscan that I've met before - Roger Boas
. They both have an accent that I would have described as East Coast/New York-ish. Anymore instances of this accent? Is there more scholarly documentation on this?