So...do we native Californians really have an identifiable accent? Most of us don't think we really do, but Stanford linguists are trying to setlle that question once and for all... Interesting and fun segment from KQED's The California Report.
By the way, if you are looking for the real California accent, try taking Sepulveda north to Slauson east, then La Cienega north...
[Thanks to voice actor, Tracie Warden Denga', for calling this article to our attention.]
KQED: "The Stanford team says Californians are changing the way certain vowel sounds are pronounced. Take the word "boot," for instance. Eckert says speakers here have turned the "oo" sound into a diphthong by adding the vowel sound in "bit" to the beginning. The result sounds more like "bi-oot."
She says these pronunciations are so innovative, they're worthy of their own title: "the California Vowel Shift." Linguists attribute the change to the Bay Area, L.A. and other coastal cities.
"If you try to think about what you think a surfer or a skater or a valley girl talks like, and do it, you can feel your mouth feels different," D'Onofrio says. "And I think that has to do a lot with the way that the vowels are shifting."