Heeft een van de commentatoren in deze video hebben W. Vlaamse accent?
September 27, 2013 2:49 PM   Subscribe

Does one of the commentators in this video have a West Flemish accent?

Just trying to see how good my accent detection skills are.

That's all, thanks.
posted by wutangclan to Society & Culture (4 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
Let's start humbly: the two guys seem to have different accents. One of these does, to my ears, resemble Zeeuws (on the Dutch side), so you may be on to something there.

[fyi: "Heeft een van de commentatoren in deze video een West-Vlaams accent?"]
posted by Namlit at 3:03 PM on September 27, 2013

Response by poster: Is it the fellow with the higher (less deep) voice?
posted by wutangclan at 3:20 PM on September 27, 2013

The higher pitched dude sounds more Dutch, but they both sound pretty West-Flemish/Zeelander/maritime-en-Engles? to me.

Here is a great example of someone really going all out into a thick West-Flemish accent, its also hilarious.
posted by Blasdelb at 4:33 PM on September 27, 2013

Best answer: The guys are probably the ex-cyclist José de Cauwer and sports commentator Michel Wuyts (regulars on Sporza). de Cauwer speaks obviously in a dialect, but it doesn't sound like pure coastal West-Flemish, although there is quite a bit of similarity. According to his Wikipedia page he was actually born in East Flanders, but there's such variation in local dialects that my husband (who grew up in a West Flemish speaking family and is also a big fan of bicycle racing) can't really pinpoint it. Wuyts is doing his best to speak Algemeen Nederlands, as TV profs in Flanders mostly do.
posted by sively at 2:00 AM on September 28, 2013 [1 favorite]

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