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Old 10-08-2010, 01:06 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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My basic opinion is that every state has a southern accent except those in the northeast and west.

"Country", twang, etc to my ears all sound southern.
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Old 10-08-2010, 01:10 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Minnesota has a Southern accent?
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Old 10-08-2010, 02:06 PM
 
Location: Bronx, NY
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Minnesota has a Southern accent?
Not them..but Idaho n other corn fields probably have some sort of accent.
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Old 10-08-2010, 02:36 PM
 
Location: Southern Minnesota
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Idaho doesn't have corn fields ..... or Southern accents.
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Old 10-09-2010, 06:50 AM
 
Location: Seattle, WA
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Idaho doesn't have corn fields ..... or Southern accents.
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*Californian
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:28 AM
 
Location: Phoenix Arizona
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When settlers headed West they tended to go straight West.

The Southwest received many people from the Southeast, especially after the Civil War.

In rural AZ you hear some Southernish speech but it's definitely not a Southern accent.
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Old 10-10-2010, 08:17 AM
 
Location: 5 years in Southern Maryland, USA
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Listen to the folksy, slightly southwestern drawl of Dr. Phil McGraw, the television psychologist. He grew up in Oklahoma and Kansas City.
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Old 10-10-2010, 09:07 AM
 
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I've lived in some extremely rural areas in the PNW and southwest...in my experience, most southern accents I ever heard were transplants.
Millions of people did the "Grapes of Wrath" thing and moved west during the dpression bringing their accents. Even a lot of their kids who were raised out west said some words with a southern inflection as that's what they heard at home

So, yeah, I guess you might hear some "southern" out west...and not just in the rural areas.

Is it the predominant accent out west? No.
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Old 10-10-2010, 06:46 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Listen to the folksy, slightly southwestern drawl of Dr. Phil McGraw, the television psychologist. He grew up in Oklahoma and Kansas City.
His accent is full on Texas.
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Old 10-11-2010, 03:21 PM
 
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People in the rural northern West will tend to have either a Northern (think Canadian, here - of course I'm speaking very loosely) accent or a 'General American' one.. and of course either variety can be informal (i.e., ending '-ing' words with '-in'', etc.).. a lot of that has to do wtih 'register' (or style/context), though. Having a sympathy towards the South/the Confederacy isn't really the same thing.. of course, there would be stats like '% of specific population sympathetic to X' (and these days the Confederacy is sometimes associated by a lot of people with extreme fiscal conservatism/libertariasm), but I've seen people online as far away as the UK with Confederate flags as/as part of their avatars or whatever. I could let that offend me, since I'm black, but I don't. Oh, and there's such a thing as a transplant from the American South, remember.

Where in the West are you talking about, though? Of course you will find Southern accents in Oklahoma, Texas, parts of Arizona and New Mexico, etc.
There is a group of people living in Brazil in and near Americana (in Sao Paulo region) that are called "Confederados", in that at least part of their ancestry is from Civil War area South. Over time, these Caucasian people from South have intermarried with locals, so person might have White Tennessean or Georgian, etc., mixed with Portuguese, South American rainforest Indian, Italian, possibly even black Afro-Brazilian. These people even have Confederate heritage events, rebel flags and all, often fly a Confederate along with a Brazilian flag. Anyway, have a great day!
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