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Old 12-14-2010, 09:03 PM
 
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Yeah the southern accent can be almost gone in urban southern areas - even to the natives- as time and time again new people from everywhere move there further diluting the accents.
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Old 12-15-2010, 03:40 AM
 
Location: Fort Worthless, Texastan
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I definitely say it's an urban versus rural thing, also. I'm from Fort Worth and currently live just north of Dallas in the suburb of Richardson. People here in the Metroplex don't tend to have heavy accents, but when I go out to the countryside and some of the small towns there and such, the accents are heavier than a sleeping baby in nearly everyone, young and old.

However, I'd not say that there are no accents in the big cities. It's definitely less pronounced and more varied, however. Take me, for example. I'm a black guy from the inner core of a large southern city, and my speech is a hybrid of a light Southern accent and a moderate level of African American Vernacular English.

Funny thing is, my accent, while it's present, does not shine bright with neon lights unless I'm talking to someone from up north. They know right off the bat I'm from Texas. It's hardly detectable here...

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Old 12-15-2010, 09:13 AM
 
Location: Brooklyn, New York
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Some words/sayings are also regionally based but if someone is from the south you can hear the accent.
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Old 12-15-2010, 07:47 PM
 
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I'd say that the accents are more watered down on a whole in the major areas. If your city can attract large numbers of people the local accent will naturally become some amalgamation of something (it depends).

In my city, I've heard a lot of different accents growing up & it has probably affected me little. My accent is Southern but not that mainstream or Hollywood type Southern.
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