Re: Is There A Unique Chicago Accent ?
Date: February 26, 2015 06:36PM
I think it was the late Mike Royko who said that in Chicago, the demonstrative pronouns were "dis, dat, dese, dem, and dose" as in "dis t'ing over here" or "dat t'ing over dere." This Chicago accent seems to be peculiar to certain areas, mostly South side as this was how the son of Bridgeport, the late Richard J. Daley, spoke. But, it was also how one of my college friends from the Wicker Park area spoke so it is not exclusive to the South Side.
I grew up in the North Center area, St. Benedict parish and grammar school so I was drilled in proper pronunciation and my Dad had a degree in English from Loyola so proper English was demanded in our household. But, my wife is originally from 51st and Washtenaw and has a few distinct South Side traits in her pronunciations that I still mention to her when I hear them. My kids, on the other hand, have grown up in Florida since 1984 and they both have a slight Southern accent.
My accent is still the North Side Midwestern I've always spoken and, hopefully,always will be.