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Reasons to loVermont

This blog is for anyone who calls Vermont their home.

For anyone who’s ever been there and loved it.

For anyone who knows that the ‘t’ is silent, that one area code is enough for us, that billboards do not fly, that imitation brand cheese, ice cream or maple syrup is unacceptable.

And for anyone who feels a soft spot for the good old Green Mountain State.

Posts tagged dialect

Feb 16 '12

Addition to #14: The Accent

Awesome article (with videos) about the Vermont accent. 

By Dan Bolles

Say What? A video exploration of Vermont-speak

The Vermont dialect has a few distinct characteristics.

Fronting: This refers to the flattening of certain vowel sounds and is most noticeable in words that normally have an “ow” sound. It can also give one-syllable words two syllables. For example,”cow” becomes “kee-ow.” (Go ahead, say it out loud. You know you want to.)

Raising: This elongates certain vowel sounds, especially the “I” sound. So, for example, “kite” becomes “koit.” It works with other vowel sounds, too. Like the word “bad,” which gets stretched out like “baahd.”

Glottal Stop: Probably the best known aspect of the Vermont accent, and the most pervasive, even among flatlanders who, over time, can unconsciously adopt a slight Vermont twang of their own. The glottal stop drops the “T” from certain words. Some classic examples: the town of Milton becomes “Mil-uhn” and Vermont becomes “Vermon’.”

This video probably has the best examples of genuine Vermont accents that I’ve ever seen: