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Old 01-05-2011, 03:53 PM
 
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Being from the south I can identify different types of southern accents.
It seems in the media they portray all southerners as having a deep Texas redneck accent, which is hilarious because those accents are not found in the majority of the south. You usually only find those in small isolated towns in Texas, or amongst folks that have lived in say, Houston for 5 generations straight. (Not calling them rednecks, just saying they speak in a similar manner)

Younger ppl either seem to have no accent, or an altered one (Due to all the northerners moving down here) I don't like the altered one. It takes the southern drawl, but there's an added abrasiveness to it.

I find that older southern folks and people raised around them tend to have my favorite accent.

Its southern, but its so laid back and calm. The men all talk like gentlemen, and the women all talk like ladies and call random strangers "sweetie", and "baby". Theres a thick drawl, and its spoken at a much slower pace. You feel relaxed when talking to one of them. Theres just something about it thats so soothing and attractive. I wish more younger southern folks spoke like this. Like I said most younger folks either speak with no southern accent, or a very mild one, or an extremely abrasive one that sounds like someone from NYC trying to talk like someone from Alabama. Talking fast and loud sounds good with most northern accents, but with a true southern accent it just sounds terrible.

 
Old 01-05-2011, 04:46 PM
 
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Being from the south I can identify different types of southern accents.
It seems in the media they portray all southerners as having a deep Texas redneck accent, which is hilarious because those accents are not found in the majority of the south. You usually only find those in small isolated towns in Texas, or amongst folks that have lived in say, Houston for 5 generations straight. (Not calling them rednecks, just saying they speak in a similar manner)

Younger ppl either seem to have no accent, or an altered one (Due to all the northerners moving down here) I don't like the altered one. It takes the southern drawl, but there's an added abrasiveness to it.

I find that older southern folks and people raised around them tend to have my favorite accent.

Its southern, but its so laid back and calm. The men all talk like gentlemen, and the women all talk like ladies and call random strangers "sweetie", and "baby". Theres a thick drawl, and its spoken at a much slower pace. You feel relaxed when talking to one of them. Theres just something about it thats so soothing and attractive. I wish more younger southern folks spoke like this. Like I said most younger folks either speak with no southern accent, or a very mild one, or an extremely abrasive one that sounds like someone from NYC trying to talk like someone from Alabama. Talking fast and loud sounds good with most northern accents, but with a true southern accent it just sounds terrible.
Wait, why are you labeling Texas???? Stereotypical accents portrayed in the media are actually derived from the deep south region and sound nothing like Houstonians.
 
Old 01-05-2011, 06:37 PM
 
Location: Washington, D.C.
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Being from D.C. my accent is very mixed up.
Most people say I sound slightly country, but proper. I pronounce some words like someone from NY or NJ would. I do have some drawl though, like when I pronounce "Maryland" = Murrrlyn, or "carry" = currry. I stretch my R's.

Maryland/D.C. is one of those areas where you do have some southern drawl, but the accent doesn't stand out and its very watered down. Not as charming as a Georgia accent.
 
Old 01-06-2011, 03:57 AM
 
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I'm able to tell some variations in southern accent. The accent in Kentucky is different than the one in Georgia. I think Texans do talk different, too (I had a boss who was a native Texan).

And I do find them charming, too.
 
Old 01-06-2011, 07:52 AM
 
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Thanks but another stereotype. I was born and raised in Atlanta, and I absolutely have no accent at all. I have been told this by many of my northern counterparts. Not that I would be ashamed of it, but not everyone in the South has a "Southern" accent.
 
Old 01-06-2011, 09:43 AM
 
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I'm able to tell some variations in southern accent. The accent in Kentucky is different than the one in Georgia. I think Texans do talk different, too (I had a boss who was a native Texan).

And I do find them charming, too.
The Kentucky accent is smoother than Georgia/Alabama for sure...I do not like the "twangy" southern accent.
 
Old 01-06-2011, 04:05 PM
 
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Being from D.C. my accent is very mixed up.
Most people say I sound slightly country, but proper. I pronounce some words like someone from NY or NJ would. I do have some drawl though, like when I pronounce "Maryland" = Murrrlyn, or "carry" = currry. I stretch my R's.

Maryland/D.C. is one of those areas where you do have some southern drawl, but the accent doesn't stand out and its very watered down. Not as charming as a Georgia accent.
Perhaps in Pg county down and the Eastern Shore...not so much most of Maryland.
 
Old 01-06-2011, 04:13 PM
 
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Wait, why are you labeling Texas???? Stereotypical accents portrayed in the media are actually derived from the deep south region and sound nothing like Houstonians.
Almost everyone I know born and raised in houston has a varying degree of the texas accent, especially the people i know raised in houston "hoods" or from the outskirts of the city, and its the same accent that all southerners are portrayed as having. It is my least favorite southern accent.
 
Old 01-06-2011, 06:04 PM
 
Location: NY, NY
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I love southern accents and my absolute favorite are New Orleans accents, they sound so cool. Alot of people tell me they like my NY accent but I cant stand it, I feel like I sound like a thug everytime I open my mouth. Not very classy
 
Old 01-07-2011, 08:51 AM
 
Location: West Cobb County, GA (Atlanta metro)
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There have already been mulitiple "Accents" threads in the room. Please see the room sticky as to what is and what is not on topic here, and add to any existing threads rather than create a new one on generally the same topic. Thank you.
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