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We don't have an accent in the Northwest ... or do we?

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Bellamy Pailthorp
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KPLU
There's definitely an accent in the Pacific Northwest, according researchers at the University of Washington. But whether you can actually hear it depends on where you're from.

Do I have an accent? You hear me on the radio. I hear myself on the radio, many times a week in western Washington, and I didn’t think so. But, a researcher at the University of Washington in Seattle tells me I do have an accent – it’s in the way I say that very word “accent.”

Apparently my pronunciation is a dead giveaway that I grew up here in the Northwest.

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