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Old 04-06-2010, 01:57 PM
 
Location: btw Bmore and DC but in the Bmore Metro Stat Area
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well he sure doesn't have a general american accent.
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Old 04-06-2010, 06:44 PM
 
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One of my coworkers is Laotian or Cambodian but grew up in Louisiana before going to college here in Cali and his accent is seriously messed up! It's kinda southern but has this distinct Azn sing-song affect going. I didn't notice it at first but my Chinese-American friend who went to law school at Tulane picked it up immediately as some sort of hybrid dialect.

What's weird is that Kevin Wu/kevjumba guy on youtube is from Texas but his drawl is barely noticeable.
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Old 04-07-2010, 11:10 AM
 
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Smile southern accent

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What's weird is that Kevin Wu/kevjumba guy on youtube is from Texas but his drawl is barely noticeable.
That's actually the case most of the times. Most of us would be more surprised if he had a thick southern drawl. Why do you think this thread was started in the first place?

What we know as "the southern accent" is connected closely with the southern culture. White southern culture that is.

That is why we don't expect Non-Whites and Whites from outside of the South to pick up the southern drawl. And this is indeed mostly the case.
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Old 04-08-2010, 01:16 AM
 
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I've seen a few 'minorities' with THICK southern drawls.
Even one Asian woman. It is a bit shocking...but why would race have anything to do with it anyways?

Nurture over nature in this case.
Maybe they were adopted at birth?
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Old 04-08-2010, 09:08 PM
 
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I've seen a few 'minorities' with THICK southern drawls.
Even one Asian woman. It is a bit shocking...but why would race have anything to do with it anyways?
Because especially in the case of the southern accent, it is closely connected with the southern culture. White southern culture.
There is a reason why Blacks or non-Whites in general and White transplants from the North or other parts of the country generally don't adopt a thick southern accent.

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Nurture over nature in this case.
Maybe they were adopted at birth?
Children adopted into White families with strong southern traditions are an exception, not to mention that the probability of those children being non-White is relatively low.
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Old 04-08-2010, 10:39 PM
 
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^ Black Southerners have Southern accents too. It's not exactly the same as a Southern white accent, but pretty close.


YouTube - Murder in Memphis (short)

Tell me that's not a Southern accent...
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Old 04-09-2010, 06:37 PM
 
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Because especially in the case of the southern accent, it is closely connected with the southern culture. White southern culture.
There is a reason why Blacks or non-Whites in general and White transplants from the North or other parts of the country generally don't adopt a thick southern accent.
That's an interesting observation. I'm not very familiar with southern culture but does a strong Southern accent connote a sense of a certain class?
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:09 PM
 
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^ Black Southerners have Southern accents too. It's not exactly the same as a Southern white accent, but pretty close.


YouTube - Murder in Memphis (short)

Tell me that's not a Southern accent...
Black Northerners have a Southern accent, lol, jk
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Old 04-09-2010, 08:51 PM
 
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He does have a slight Southern accent.
I know an Indian American who had a southern accent growing up, because of the company in his elementary-high school, but for him, it subsided and became neutral during the 18-twenties at college, and moving to a larger more diverse area after that. However, imo, a trace of his accent remains.

It could be the case for Aziz Ansari as well.
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Old 04-09-2010, 09:22 PM
 
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We used to vacation every year in Alabama (to see my family on my mother's side) and you could feel the accent creeping into your speech.... in a matter of mere weeks.

First, you'd start thinking in a drawl...then speaking. It was weird.
I think if you are surrounded by people speaking one way, you'd really have to consciously try NOT to adopt that speaking style.
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