Montana Accent

Chris   Tue May 02, 2006 4:04 am GMT
What does the accent in Montana sound like? Is it like the midwestern accent, or the pacific northwest one?
George   Tue May 02, 2006 6:11 am GMT
I think it would be very difficult to pinpoint a specific Montana accent since accents from that state vary from region to region, based on settlement patterns into that state. This dialect map,, places Montana in the Rocky Mountain subdialect region--

"Originally developed from the North Midland and Northern dialects, but was then influenced by the Mormon settlers in Utah and English coal miners who settled in Wyoming."

However, western Montana is said to be in a Pacific NW dialect continuum more in line with eastern Washington and Idaho, while eastern Montana has traces of Scandinavian (largely Norwegian) and German/Russian speech patterns, and northern Montana is said to resemble the accents of Alberta and Saskatchewan.

For further reading: Montanans talk rather funny
George   Tue May 02, 2006 6:12 am GMT
Let's try that dialect map hyperlink again:
Uriel   Tue May 02, 2006 9:58 am GMT
I've met a few people from Montana, but nothing about their accents stood out to me. They just sounded GAE.
Mxsmanic   Fri May 05, 2006 9:24 pm GMT
People in Montana speak ordinary American English.