- Another big question: how will SNL and Jay Leno react? That Palin has a fairly discernible accent will become part of her caricature.
- a young, attractive, kooky, female governor from Alaska who has an accent straight out of Fargo
Alaska has been described as lacking a distinct regional accent:
The non-Native part of Alaska, 100 years old with the anniversary of the gold rush in 1998, hasn't had time to develop an Alaskan accent. It's a melting pot of the melting pot, with a population made up of odds and ends from all over the United States.This isn't the place for a big discussion of 'new dialect formation', but an Alaskan accent may well be still forming. At any rate, there's little written about American English in Alaska as far as I know, save for some lexical stuff (see here).
I know and have known Alaskans, and recall them as sounding typically western, not like people from the Upper Midwest. I haven't yet heard enough of Palin to say anything about her speech. I stole a couple of minutes from pressing work yesterday and looked on YouTube but the sound quality was pretty bad and nothing struck me as really clear.
Any insights into her speech? If not, stay tuned …
Update, Thurs, Sept 4: See the new post by one of our contributors, here.