Being Californian always seemed to hold some sort of different value when viewed from without. It was coded with something more than coordinates. Because its sheer size creates pockets and outposts, and because it is a cosmopolis, a tangled mix of tongues and deeply held outside allegiances (which make it very different from New Orleans), it casts a unique shadow, but I’ve come to realize that perhaps what it is to be Californian is as elusive as its accent.
Not as I Say/As I Do: Parsing the California accent
Lynell George is an LA-based journalist and essayist, covering the arts, culture, and social issues. Currently, she is an assistant professor of English at Loyola Marymount University, where she teaches writing and journalism. A former staff writer for the Los Angeles Times and LA Weekly, George is also the author of No Crystal Stair: African Americans in the City of Angeles (Verso/Doubleday).
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Lynell George; Not as I Say/As I Do: Parsing the California accent. Boom 1 July 2013; 3 (2): 1–8. doi: https://doi.org/10.1525/boom.2013.3.2.1
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