"Man acts as though he were the shaper and master of language, while in fact language remains the master of man." -- Heidegger
What American accent do you have?
If you're American, you do indeed have a specific American accent. It's just a question of which one. A short, easy test can determine it, supposedly. (It sure got mine right: a "Midland" accent -- "You have a good voice for TV and radio." That is so true.)