----- Original Message -----
From: Mark Odegard
To: phoNet@egroups.com
Sent: Wednesday, June 14, 2000 1:05 AM
Subject: [phoNet] Iowa accents.

Golly! I envy you your collection of bros-in-law. I've only acquired one so far, and his Polish accent is not very different from mine, though that branch of my family has settled in Canada. I'll have to digest your descriptions before I comment, but let me just say, since Newfoundland has been mentioned, that the dialect thereof is a very distinct variety of English, quite different from what we know as Canadian English, with its very own accent and even distinct stress patterns (Newf'ndLAND, LabraDOR).

Mark wrote:
<snip> My other brother-in-law has an accent I am unable to place in the literature. It's definitely NOT a Minnesota accent and it is not what I associate with a Northern American accent. His father was from Newfoundland, however, and this may count, but the underlying family accent is definitely German (Swabian?). I've only heard this accent in this area (not all natives have it), and since everyone here is related in some way or another and since this particular bro-in-law has a gazillion first cousins, we might have a 'family dialect' here </snip>