Fun listen, don't you think?
Sometime I'd enjoy studying British accents — first hand, of course. Because there isn't a British accent, but a variety of accents. I noticed similarly as my wife and I traveled through Scotland: there isn't a Scottish accent, but an array of variations, ranging from the very mild, British-sounding accent of our first hostess, to the more ba'-o'-th'-throa'y accent with which other Scots delighted us.
As I prepare to preach in Tennessee, I've been thinking of accents and cultures. Listening to a Southern professor teaching theology, I realized that Californian is an accent, though not much of a one. My wife and I have always said that we're Californians, we don't have accents, we just say words the way they're written. But that's not quite right.
For instance, take final "w's." We Californians pronounce raw as if it were spelled rah. A Southerner, though, will hit that w for all it's worth: raW. Ditto thaw (thah / thaW). In fact, Southerners love "w's" so much, they'll even say them if they're not there: where we say door as if it were dore, the Southerner sees and says that invisible "w" — hence, doe-wer.
Accents: we've all got 'em.
They even play a minorly pivotal role in a couple of Bible stories (Judges 12:6; Matthew 26:73).
(It's my blog, and I can make up adjectives if I want to. It's my blogial right.)