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Old 08-27-2012, 09:50 PM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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And, IYE, which cities (major centres of at least 20,000 people) do most young people still maintain a distinct southern accent?

My guess is cities like Jackson, Montgomery, Shreveport, and of the larger cities, Jacksonville, Columbia, OKC. I think most African American Southerners probably have some sort of Southern accent.

I have no idea what the percentage of southerners under 30 have a distinctive southern accent, although most seem to have at least a trace and use some southernisms like y'all so it'd be interesting to get an insider's perspective. I went through the South but didn't spend that much time there (maybe a week or so) so it's hard to gauge.
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Old 08-27-2012, 10:01 PM
 
Location: West Tennessee
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A high percentage.
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Old 08-27-2012, 11:04 PM
 
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I volunteer at a bunch of academic competitions in Ohio, and whenever Kentucky teams show up, even many of the kids who were born in other countries had developed a little bit of a southern accent.
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Old 08-28-2012, 04:09 AM
 
Location: NC
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I'm from Columbia, SC and even when I go back home people ask me if I'm from SC. I guess growing up around kids from Ft. Jackson who weren't originally from SC and my parents and entire family being raised in the North and moving down South had something to do with it....But the accent in Columbia is not as strong as the surrounding rural areas....
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Old 08-28-2012, 08:43 AM
 
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I'm from Columbia, SC and even when I go back home people ask me if I'm from SC. I guess growing up around kids from Ft. Jackson who weren't originally from SC and my parents and entire family being raised in the North and moving down South had something to do with it....But the accent in Columbia is not as strong as the surrounding rural areas....
Rural areas anywhere have a country sound, while southern urban areas sound southern - not country. Too many people don't distinguish between southern and country.
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Old 08-28-2012, 09:20 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE (via SW Virginia)
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I personally don't hear it that much but i've been told everywhere i've gone that I have a thick southern accent and I am 25. I grew up in southwest virginia near the tennessee border in the mountains of appalachia.

To be honest I think most people mistake a thick appalachian accent for a thick southern accent but you'll notice the appalachian accent is definitely one of the thicker accents in the US, IMO.
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Old 08-28-2012, 10:59 AM
 
Location: Philadelphia
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A southern Appalachian accent is southern.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:02 AM
 
Location: Lincoln, NE (via SW Virginia)
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A southern Appalachian accent is southern.

I personally agree but some people on this website throw a hissy fit if you say that southern appalachian is part of the greater southern dialect.
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Old 08-28-2012, 11:44 AM
 
Location: The Magnolia City
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I'm not seeing how or why 30 would be the cutoff age. It would be more like 50.
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Old 08-28-2012, 12:11 PM
 
Location: Dallas, TX and wherever planes fly
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Or maybe 40ish? It probably depends were they grew up if they grew up in a more rural or urban setting in the south. And what city they are from. By in large those from a rural area will carry some kind of southern dialact/twang just because that is most of what is used to being heard. Also some cities are still strongly southern with less mixing of others from different areas of the country as far as industry and the general populous. Cities like Savannah, Birmingham, Biloxi MS. are very very southern. Whereas cities like Atlanta, Charlotte, Raleigh, and especially miami have more going on as far as transplants, universities, etc etc. And are I guess the term is "New South" And an accent may be hard to detect if at all.
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