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Old 07-05-2008, 07:57 AM
 
Location: Nashville, Tn
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What I think is strange is that the accents in the entire western part of the US with the exception of Texas and Oklahoma all sound the same. I grew up in Montana but people there sound just like people in New Mexico, Washington or any place else. I've lived and traveled all over the west and I can't detect the slightest difference. Someone mentioned some of the northern states. I've had a couple of friends from Michigan and certain words reminded me of a Canadian accent which I'm very familiar with. Did any of you ever watch the movie Fargo? The actors did this exaggerated imitation of a Minnesota accent which was pretty funny and I've talked to people from both North Dakota and Minnesota who really do sound like that.
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Old 07-06-2008, 03:37 PM
 
Location: Middle Tennessee
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Then why does my wife have a much more pronounced Southern accent than my sister-in-law when they were raised in the same house from birth, have the same parents, went to the same schools and have had similar life experiences? Makes no sense to me. Anyone have an explanation for it?

Perhaps she lived in another area at one point in her adult life and picked up parts of other accents she heard. Perhaps she liked an accent she heard from someone at school or a friend and picked parts of it out, subconsciously, and incorporated them into her mannerisms.
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Old 07-06-2008, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Perhaps she lived in another area at one point in her adult life and picked up parts of other accents she heard. Perhaps she liked an accent she heard from someone at school or a friend and picked parts of it out, subconsciously, and incorporated them into her mannerisms.
No, my wife never lived in a different area than her sister. Now the other factors you mentioned are possibilities.
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Old 07-06-2008, 04:14 PM
 
Location: Miami, Florida
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The accent of someone from Georgia and South Carolina aren't really the same. Also there are urban area accents like Atlanta or New Orleans that start to lose their southern quality and have distrinct sounds. Also a proper southern accent from a rich white person in Virginia whose ancestors owned plantations is going to be different than a poor farmer in Alabama.
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Old 07-07-2008, 04:52 PM
 
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I probably will get blasted for saying this, but I have found that people that are more educated and of higher socioeconomic levels have minimal or no Southern accents. I am speaking of both native Southerners and transplants. Furthermore, in a professional, corporate white-collar environment, very few people have the Southern accent. Blue-collar people, however, have a higher tendency to have a thick Southern draw which can be almost impossible for me (a native Northerner) to understand. I apologize if I have offended anyone, but this is just my personal experience.
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Old 07-07-2008, 06:54 PM
 
Location: Blackwater Park
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I probably will get blasted for saying this, but I have found that people that are more educated and of higher socioeconomic levels have minimal or no Southern accents. I am speaking of both native Southerners and transplants. Furthermore, in a professional, corporate white-collar environment, very few people have the Southern accent. Blue-collar people, however, have a higher tendency to have a thick Southern draw which can be almost impossible for me (a native Northerner) to understand. I apologize if I have offended anyone, but this is just my personal experience.
Pretty much agree with this for the most part.
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Old 07-07-2008, 07:42 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Pretty much agree with this for the most part.
I hear what you are saying but I respectfully disagree with you completely. I base my feeling on personal experience and having lived in the North ans South.
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Old 07-08-2008, 07:47 PM
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Location: A Yankee in northeast TN
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I probably will get blasted for saying this, but I have found that people that are more educated and of higher socioeconomic levels have minimal or no Southern accents. I am speaking of both native Southerners and transplants. Furthermore, in a professional, corporate white-collar environment, very few people have the Southern accent. Blue-collar people, however, have a higher tendency to have a thick Southern draw which can be almost impossible for me (a native Northerner) to understand. I apologize if I have offended anyone, but this is just my personal experience.
Hmmm, is the higher socioeconomic level the cause, or the result, of not having a noticeable accent? Does this just go for Southern accents, or does it apply to all strong accents, such as a Brooklyn accent for instance?
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My son has a slightly detectable southern accent and my daughter has a very noticeable "country southren" accent. The difference is that my son is much more concerned with presenting himself 'properly', and my daughter doesn't care. She just lets that accent roll!! You wouldn't think they had grown up in the same town, let alone in the same household.
Geez, I'm quoting myself... but we are a blue collar family that places a high value on education. Do you suppose this accounts for our mixed results?
Although both kids are still in college, my son is much more ambitious career wise.
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Old 07-08-2008, 07:52 PM
 
Location: Murfreesboro, TN
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Hmmm, is the higher socioeconomic level the cause, or the result, of not having a noticeable accent? Does this just go for Southern accents, or does it apply to all strong accents, such as a Brooklyn accent for instance?

Geez, I'm quoting myself... but we are a blue collar family that places a high value on education. Do you suppose this accounts for our mixed results?
Although both kids are still in college, my son is much more ambitious career wise.
Dubble.... Food for thought! Good answer!!! I like answers that make you think.
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Old 09-19-2008, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Richmond
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Yes, there are so many! My favorite accent is Virginia Tidewater- Richmonders speak this- but mostly only older ones. Its a very smooth way of talking- almost royal sound. And there is a lilt to it. You can hear it similar in Charleston, SC- CHAWWWLSTON.
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