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View Poll Results: do Black Southerners sound like White ones?
Yes - They have distinct variations that give them away 61 85.92%
No - I think everyone in the South sounds the same 10 14.08%
Voters: 71. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 12-11-2016, 03:07 PM
 
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Even in Appalachian Knoxville you can distinguish a Black accent most of the time. there are exceptions, of course, but usually those speakers have a neutral accent.

Very rarely you encounter a white person with a black accent, the time I remember this most vividly was an older man from tidewater Virginia I had first spoken to on the phone. I've heard some young white kids with black accents and assumed they lived in a blended family.

I did see, on TV, a black woman running an Appalachian charity who had a very strong Appalachian accent, but that is rare. I know a black man who grew up in the country outside Kingsport TN (very white area) and you can still sense a black accent.
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Old 12-11-2016, 03:13 PM
 
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Didn't most Pittsburgh Blacks move there from the South, though? They don't have the traditional caught-cot merger, down=dahn Pittsburgh accent
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Old 12-11-2016, 03:21 PM
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Didn't most Pittsburgh Blacks move there from the South, though? They don't have the traditional caught-cot merger, down=dahn Pittsburgh accent
A majority of the the Black population still lives in the South.
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Old 12-11-2016, 03:26 PM
 
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A majority of the the Black population still lives in the South.
I know that but I was referring specifically to Pittsburgh Blacks. Can we really count them as Appalachian if their roots aren't in Pittsburgh?
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Old 12-11-2016, 03:28 PM
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I know that but I was referring specifically to Pittsburgh Blacks. Can we really count them as Appalachian if their roots aren't in Pittsburgh?
If you're born and raised in Pittsburgh, you're a Pittsburgh native.
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Old 12-11-2016, 03:40 PM
 
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Such an ignorant post. Almost sounds like a study in eugenics
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Old 12-11-2016, 03:49 PM
 
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Such an ignorant post. Almost sounds like a study in eugenics
Triggered
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Old 12-11-2016, 03:57 PM
 
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What prominent African American communities are in Appalachian? Where?

Can ATL be considered a related Appalachian dialect? It is after all near the Piedmont.
Several counties in southern West Virginia have relatively significant AA populations.
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Old 12-11-2016, 03:57 PM
 
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If you're born and raised in Pittsburgh, you're a Pittsburgh native.
Yes but their LINGUISTIC origins are Southern, are they not?
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Old 12-11-2016, 05:31 PM
 
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Yes but I've heard Texans, black and mestizo, who have a southern drawl indistinguishable from white people, but for the most part, its distinct.
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