Originally Posted by Altauria
One of the bus drivers on the 71/73 line always pronounced it Haah-vid, dead on; along with Stah Mahkit. There's another variation I remember that would sound more like Hawh-vud. Was this another regional accent, or perhaps transplants from New York? It reminded me of the Chicago accent, where I grew up, that also comes in a few different "flavors".
the bus driver was not from here, trust me
. There is no other accent for people that live here close to the city, only the real thick one and less thick. Mine is less thick, my wife's is thick off the charts! I do not agree with mrnyc, but we agree to disagree i guess. The further you get from the city center the less pronounced the accent gets until it's gone in the western part of the state. That's probably because why we consider western Mass another state
There is more of the accent in Greater Providence than there is in Springfield