There's a special sing-songy way of speaking that those of us who grew up east of the river in Los Angeles are easily identified by, but I hadn't seen much written about it until today. Hector Becerra has written a lovely piece in the Los Angeles Times about what is termed in the story as "Chicano English." But the telltale accent is really a product of both ethnicity and place, spoken by Chicanos and non-Chicanos alike, so long as they're locals.
How do you know you speak Eastside? If you pronounce "going" as "GO-ween," "talking" as "talk-een," and have a habit of closing sentences with "ey" but you're not Canadian. (I'm from Huntington Park, and friends have pointed out this speech habit to me for years.) Becerra writes: