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burnwoodforest 21 hours ago
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FINAL ROUND!!!
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RIP to the polycule finale dream, but we all know polyhermits are the true winners /lh
ethubs knocked jleo out round 4, but can they clutch round 8?
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semifinal stats below the cut!
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burnwoodforest 5 days ago
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Gem's the type of person who'd bring a knife to a first fight.... And she did!
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burnwoodforest 9 days ago
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I want a resistance to happen 馃檭
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burnwoodforest 13 days ago
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false moment
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burnwoodforest 15 days ago
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they named an award after my boy
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burnwoodforest 15 days ago
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"sans killed the queen" "jschlatt killed the queen" but whats this? impulsesv with the steel chair?
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burnwoodforest 16 days ago
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choosing to believe this was a joint effort between sans undertale and technoblade
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burnwoodforest 23 days ago
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burnwoodforest 28 days ago
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Still trying to figure out his hair but: Mr. Jumbo
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burnwoodforest a month ago
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princess sunshine鈽锔
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burnwoodforest a month ago
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farmer queen pearl,,, I miss her,,
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burnwoodforest a month ago
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HOMIES!!! BROS!!
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burnwoodforest a month ago
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surprise audience!
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burnwoodforest a month ago
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Empires鈥 2!!!!
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burnwoodforest a month ago
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Oh PLEASE go on with Techno and accents and portrayal?
LMAO this came in within SECONDS congrats.
I don't really have a ton of citations for you. I think this shifted a lot as the dream-team-centric part of the fandom incorporated and learned about Techno as a person and not just Dream's rival, and if I'm being honest I don't have Thoughts so much as I remember having Thoughts in like mid-2021. General attitudes towards Techno shifted wildly from his 鈥渕onotone,鈥 鈥渆motionless鈥 reputation in early 2021, and the things I remember thinking about kinda stopped applying. I don鈥檛 remember what posts bothered me or why I wanted to bring it up.
But. People talk a lot about Techno's speech patterns, and it's true that in an industry that encourages getting as close to newscaster-neutral as possible, his voice can stand out a bit.
In early days when Dream and Techno were very much set up as rivals and people were trying to justify who would/wouldn't win in certain scenarios, it was actually pretty common to claim that Dream has more mechanical and tactical knowledge than Techno. Techno was cast as the brute-force fighter in these essays - comparatively unknowledgable but mechanically gifted. This is a really bad analysis - Techno鈥檚 knowledge of the things he cared about was encyclopedic, and his and Dream鈥檚 strengths are a lot more similar than they are different.
Where this intersects with voice is that in a US speaker鈥檚 perception, Dream has a pretty standard urban American accent, and Techno, as has been noted by fanfic writers everywhere, does not.
The most notable aspect that gets commented on is "g-dropping," the change of the "-ing" sound to "-in." People who don't do anything else to indicate peoples' speech patterns in writing will make sure they write down that Techno's sayin' something, not just saying it.
(This is called an "eye dialect," the use of a nonstandard spelling to emphasize a pronunciation.)
But that's far from the only thing that marks out Techno's accent. If you've watched his introductions to people (i.e. SMPEarth), you might notice that it's not uncommon for people to assume he's from the South, especially Texas, and to be surprised he's from California. The most commonly-known "California accents" are all very urban- and middle-class-centric, while features of Techno's accent (he can sometimes sort of "break" dipthongs and slur or drop syllables, and most especially the g-dropping) are more associated with rural accents in the US, and especially the rural South. And I don鈥檛 think that鈥檚 entirely dissociated from the way that so many people were so quick to assume, all evidence to the contrary, that he doesn鈥檛 know what he鈥檚 talking about.
Obviously we don't know a whole lot about Techno's background, so I have no particular thoughts on how he ended up with the accent he did (though it sounds to me like it shares some features with the poorly-described "inland rural California English"). The only thing I can say is how it's perceived, which is as containing a lot of features that US speakers are going to mark as rural and working-class.
(A really fascinating part of this is his seeming inability to really code-switch at all; his Sir Billiam voice contains just as much g-dropping as his normal speech, whereas most people attempting to sound like a rich person would focus on speaking "correctly" and get all those nasals in the right spots. My own g-dropping is markedly more noticeable when I鈥檓 with my family than when I鈥檓 [location redacted]. But this is more sidetracking linguistics than... ok ok uh back to the point.)
Well... I guess like I said I don鈥檛 have much of a point any more, and I probably should have written this post a year back when I did. I certainly don鈥檛 have anything quite as obvious and pointed as Xeph鈥檚 discussion of how stereotypes about Northern England get applied to certain people (esp. Philza, Jack).
I just have, like, people talk a lot about Techno鈥檚 voice, and other blogs brought up a lot of really good points about how perceptions of his speech likely intersect with his ADHD and how neurodivergence can effect speaking patterns (speaking of which, a lot of neurodivergent people can struggle with code-switching! hmm). But I think an aspect that got missed sometimes is the way that those perceptions can also overlap with accent.
And also sometimes I see people pointing out Techno鈥檚 speech in a way they don鈥檛 for any of the other Dream SMP members. If there's one feature that you consider notable enough to mark while keeping everything else textbook, I think it's worth taking a minute to ask yourself why the feature stands out, and what connotations highlighting it might have. It鈥檚 not always a bad thing to do so! It鈥檚 just worth taking a second look.
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burnwoodforest a month ago
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Howdy Sheriff
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burnwoodforest a month ago
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Has this been done before? I just watched the VOD and immediately went to make this so I don't know if anyone's done this yet o(-( Based on this meme!
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