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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:06 pm    Post subject: Identify this accent, please Reply with quote

Interesting review of an interesting film. But, how annoying is the reviewer's voice and accent! Surely this is some sort of affectation, and nobody really speaks like this? Anyone?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FlqI-tx7zwA
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 1:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sounds like a California accent to me.
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 3:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Not to go off on a tangent (well, maybe I am), is there such a thing as a "gay voice?"

I blush to admit it, but I have heard a guy speak and thought to myself "Hmm, he sounds 'gay'."

That was my first impression on hearing the review on the link Sasha provided.

So, I did a little research:

http://www.fastcocreate.com/3038409/do-i-sound-gay-explores-the-linguistic-and-cultural-roots-of-the-gay-voice

http://www.economist.com/blogs/johnson/2011/07/gay-accents

So, did anyone else (who's willing to admit it) have the same thought (or am I the only one being duped by stereotypes)? Is there such a thing as a "gay voice" - and not just the "lisp" by any means?

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John
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fluffyhamster



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 4:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It's obviously the transatlantic Diva accent, darling!
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rtm



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 5:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnslat wrote:
Is there such a thing as a "gay voice" - and not just the "lisp" by any means?

There is a whole area of linguistics that investigates speech of homosexuals / gay-sounding speech, and has been around since the 1940s. Check here, here, here, and here for some info.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 6:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

johnslat wrote:
I blush to admit it, but I have heard a guy speak and thought to myself "Hmm, he sounds 'gay'."

That was my first impression on hearing the review on the link Sasha provided.

Apparently, the reviewer isn't. He's mentioned a fiancée in the comments section of another of his YouTube videos.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

fiancée doesn't necessary indicate gender, though.
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nomad soul



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
fiancée doesn't necessary indicate gender, though.

Laughing
He mentions "she" in his post. It's in the comments section of his Gone With the Wind review (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nvVM_uMz7Ok).
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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That is above and beyond, Nomad Soul! Glad you cleared that up, as I couldn't imagine a fey-sounding man ever being married to a woman.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 7:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In that case, I too will have to assume it's just a California thang.
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johnslat



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Except for the fact that among gays, it would seem that "she" is not always a reliable indicator of gender.

"However, and I know this is a common thing: he and his friends will refer to each other as "she" when one of them is taking a long time to get ready, is being a pain, or being overly dramatic. Even in popular culture, this seems to be generally accepted."

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Sashadroogie



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PostPosted: Sun Feb 22, 2015 10:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh dear. So many subissues here. But seriously. Am I alone in finding this mode of speaking painful?
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JN



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:45 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

No, you're not alone. This type of speaking sounds familiar to me ( I'm from the U.S., but not from California). I certainly hope I don't speak like this and it seems like such a weird voice for a narrator.
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MuscatGary



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 8:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

spiral78 wrote:
fiancée doesn't necessary indicate gender, though.


Yes it does, single e at the end is masculine, double e is feminine.
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Mon Feb 23, 2015 10:29 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes, I wrote it that way, but in the video it's only oral, so still unclear.
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