That's why the terms were in quotes. My experience is that there are many distinct regional accents in the US (with tell-tale sounds) and that if someone doesn't display any of them, I can't tell where they are from and it eliminates those regional accents - that would be as close as I could come to describe a "General American" accent Many newsreaders from the national TV networks are like this.If there's such a concept as a "Received American" accent and a "Received Canadian" accent (like you'd hear from each country's national news anchors), then they're nearly identical. But a thick Quebec English accent would sound very distinct from a deep south American accent.
The most frequently cited one is the use of something like “oat” for the word “out”.
So you say... But personally, I'm quite oblivious to this phenomenon.It's interesting that the thread title is "About Canadian accent" because "about" is one of the more common words that many Canadians (especially those from Ontario) pronounce differently than any USA accent.
Yeah - when I lived in England I thought I had no accent, either I lived in Ontario for three years (on my way from the UK to the US) and oat/oot was one of the first things that hit me when I arrived, eh. By the end of my stay I could recognize someone from BC as having a different "oat/oot" than the Ontarians, even though much else was identical.So you say... But personally, I'm quite oblivious to this phenomenon.
Not that I pay close attention to my own pronunciation, but I don't think I speak like that, and I've never had anyone tell me that I do.
The only obvious Canadian regional accents I notice are those from Newfoundland and from Cape Breton.