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Old 03-13-2014, 02:13 PM
 
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Hey, I'm from Arkansas. Me and my brother were recently watching old home videos of when we were like 8 or 9. We started hearing our younger selves talk and immediately looked at each other and said "What the hell do we really sound like that?" Haha, we sounded like we were straight out of the boondocks. Do y'all feel like younger kids have a thicker accent for some reason or we still sound like that and we're just so used to hearing it that it doesn't really register anymore?
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Old 03-13-2014, 02:20 PM
 
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Have you compared it to a more recent video? Maybe you're not used to hearing yourself on tape. Also, try listening to today's children. Maybe speech patterns have changed.
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Old 03-13-2014, 06:37 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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I think as we grow older, and come into contact with people with other regional "accents", without realizing it we pick up some of that.

A personal story; when I was a young adult (a very long time ago) I accepted a job that sent me all over the US. When I worked "up north" the first social thing I learned was that the women loved my "southern accent" that I didn't know I had. With that, I really developed a southern accent, to the point that when I came back to Arkansas to visit, I talked so slow that even my family had trouble understanding me !
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Old 03-21-2014, 02:36 PM
 
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Haha that's great, I actually have a similar story. A couple years back when I was 18 me and my family went to Destin, Florida for vacation. I never really thought of myself as having a strong accent until I went there and everybody from people on the beach to waiters in restaurants asked where we were from.
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Old 03-21-2014, 03:41 PM
 
Location: Oroville, California
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It happens everywhere. My parents are from Oklahoma (and grandparents and older aunts/uncles are from Arkansas). I was raised in California's San Joaquin Valley where many people from that region settled prior to WWII. When I moved to the coast I had many people ask me where I was from. "California" I'd say. "No, originally" they'd say. "Born and raised in California" I'd say. "No you're not - you sound like your from Kansas or Missouri or something" (guess that's what "Okie/Arkie" sounds like when its watered down).

I didn't give it much thought until some friends recorded a video of a Christmas party. I was stunned how "Okie" I sounded! I had no idea! After that I tried to confine that comfortable speech to when I was visiting my family. At work I affected a more typical California accent.
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Old 03-21-2014, 05:53 PM
 
Location: NW AR
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Lordy Lordy!! You have an accent and had no idear' that you didn't lose it? Well...I'll bea! Allow me as I might be able to help you find that dad-burn thing. Well, let put my feelers on as detect you may still have un' and you shorely didn't lose nuttin'. LOL! ( That's hillbilly) .

I think some of most beautiful accents are further to New Orleans (or South East Arkansas)

You know, such as Mam- Sir and the like. ( of course) there is still some "Yes, Mam" here.

Love,
Me Maw(-That's real southern)
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Old 03-21-2014, 06:52 PM
 
Location: The Natural State
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Lordy Lordy!! You have an accent and had no idear' that you didn't lose it? Well...I'll bea! Allow me as I might be able to help you find that dad-burn thing. Well, let put my feelers on as detect you may still have un' and you shorely didn't lose nuttin'. LOL! ( That's hillbilly) .

I think some of most beautiful accents are further to New Orleans (or South East Arkansas)

You know, such as Mam- Sir and the like. ( of course) there is still some "Yes, Mam" here.

Love,
Me Maw(-That's real southern)
No Me Maw, what you state as "hillbilly" is "television hillbilly". We true hillbilly's haven't talked that way for three or four generations !
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:09 PM
 
Location: NW AR
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No Me Maw, what you state as "hillbilly" is "television hillbilly". We true hillbilly's haven't talked that way for three or four generations !
Oh! There are some of them real southeners in them thar hills, not too far away.. Sheesh, if your goat gets on my land, for-crying-put-loud, there will be more than just a pissin' contest! The damn law will be called!! because no one is going to admit to defeat when it comes to losin'. It's about Principals, Ol' Fossil!! Trust me on this un'.

( You'd be surprised)

Love,
Me Maw (LOL)
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Old 03-21-2014, 07:26 PM
 
Location: NW AR
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Geesh Old Fossil, that post I just wrote sounded like Kenny Rogers..(hum-Hum) You gotta know when to hold em'... Know when to fold em' .. (hum-hum) there be time enough for countin'.. when the dealin's done! (lol) Ye-HAW!
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Old 03-21-2014, 10:30 PM
 
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It happens everywhere. My parents are from Oklahoma (and grandparents and older aunts/uncles are from Arkansas). I was raised in California's San Joaquin Valley where many people from that region settled prior to WWII. When I moved to the coast I had many people ask me where I was from. "California" I'd say. "No, originally" they'd say. "Born and raised in California" I'd say. "No you're not - you sound like your from Kansas or Missouri or something" (guess that's what "Okie/Arkie" sounds like when its watered down).

I didn't give it much thought until some friends recorded a video of a Christmas party. I was stunned how "Okie" I sounded! I had no idea! After that I tried to confine that comfortable speech to when I was visiting my family. At work I affected a more typical California accent.
I used to live in California. I never heard an "Okie" accent in San Diego or Orange country. Then... I worked in Lancaster and drove through rural parts of the Mojave up to Bakersfield. Wow, it was like going back to vist Durant, Oklahoma.

Not only did many of the local whites and blacks have noticable Okie accents, but southeren mannerisms, political conservatism and pentecostal / independent Baptist churches were the norm- not the exception. After that, I tuned up my "okie radar" and noticed traces of the accent / mannerisms in Needles and San Bernadino areas as well. Those areas, however, were nothing like the Mojave and Lancaster.

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I think some of most beautiful accents are further to New Orleans (or South East Arkansas)
Which New Orleans accent are you referring to? They seem to have three in the city (a standard sounding southeren, something that sounds like big city east coast, and a local southeren Lousiana variant where "t's" turn into "ds").
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