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Old 03-16-2011, 03:07 PM
 
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Augusta, GA/ North Augusta, SC folks have strange accents. Here are some examples I've heard: ceiling pronounced "silling", home pronounced "huoom", sale pronounced "sell". There's a local radio ad where a woman uses all three and a couple more I can't remember right now. Drives me nuts. It's like they have an aversion to using long vowel sounds.
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Old 03-16-2011, 05:27 PM
 
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It's weird how Southerners generally have a drawl, while people from the Upper Midwest (think Chicago or Minnesota) often have a sharp accent.

What are the reasons for this? The mix of English, Scots-Irish, and some German in the South vs German, Irish, Swedish, Norwegian, Italian, Polish, and many other European groups in the North?

Also, why doesn't California have a pronounced accent? Maybe it's because Californians came from all over the country (and world!), so they don't have long-established roots that would develop a really noticeable accent.
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:02 PM
 
Location: PROUD Son of the South in Maryland
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To put things into perspective for maryland my fathers family has a cross between virginia piedmont and appalachia. My mothers family is distinctly tidewater or less commonly known as coastal southern. My accent has the very pronounced "o" from baltimore and is a cross between virginia piedmont and coastal. It varies.

As for the state as a whole we have a HUGE transient population especially in central maryland. But the state natives have the following: virginia piedmnot, coastal southern/tidewater, baltimore which is its own dialect with southern origin, appalachia, and upland PA like accents. Not to mention the "normal" accent you find in alot of places.
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:19 PM
 
Location: One of the 13 original colonies.
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I almost choked on my coffee when I read the Op's post that North Carolina does not have a Southern accent. I have a second home in western NC and believe me they certainly do have a Southern accent.
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Old 09-03-2011, 03:51 PM
 
Location: South Beach and DT Raleigh
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I almost choked on my coffee when I read the Op's post that North Carolina does not have a Southern accent. I have a second home in western NC and believe me they certainly do have a Southern accent.
The OP said "much of North Carolina".....that clearly doesn't suggest "all of NC". If you read more carefully, perhaps you won't choke on your coffee. The OP's comment is probably a nod to the fact that the cities in NC have become a melting pot for (mostly) East Coast transferees over the past few decades.
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:32 PM
 
Location: PROUD Son of the South in Maryland
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Well that is synonomous with alot of urbanization of the south. Its why alot of maryland lost its drawl, its why some people i know from tennesse, virginia and georgia have less drawl then what is assumed or none at all. Hell some of those people dont sound "southern" at all. That and the amount of transplants that are near urban areas.
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Old 09-03-2011, 09:15 PM
 
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I live in Michigan (Been here darn near my whole life) and when I was visiting Chicago with some of my friends we were asked if were from the south and told we had a southern accent and on numerous other occasions visiting other parts of the country I have been asked if I was from the south... I guess if you think about it a good amount of people in Michigan's lower peninsula have a southern accent too. (Weird huh?)
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Old 09-04-2011, 12:05 PM
 
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I wonder which city outside the south has the most people with southern accents? Of the major cities, some possibilities might be:

Washington, D.C.
Baltimore, MD
Cincinnati, OH
Evansville, IN
Santa Fe, NM
Bakersfield, CA
St. Louis, MO
Springfield, IL?

Some places like Wyoming might have a cowboy accent similar to Texan or something.
It's funny that you mention Springfield, Illinois, because a friend of mine moved here to Georgia, and when he mentioned where he was from, he said Illinois. I asked him if he was from southern Illinois, given that I thought that he sounded quite southern, and he said, no, "Central Illinois". I said, "around Springfield", and he said "close to that".

Are there a lot of people from Central Illinois and Springfield who have southern sounding accents?
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Old 09-04-2011, 02:15 PM
 
Location: One of the 13 original colonies.
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The OP said "much of North Carolina".....that clearly doesn't suggest "all of NC". If you read more carefully, perhaps you won't choke on your coffee. The OP's comment is probably a nod to the fact that the cities in NC have become a melting pot for (mostly) East Coast transferees over the past few decades.
The same can be said of States further South also.
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:21 AM
 
Location: PROUD Son of the South in Maryland
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I live in Michigan (Been here darn near my whole life) and when I was visiting Chicago with some of my friends we were asked if were from the south and told we had a southern accent and on numerous other occasions visiting other parts of the country I have been asked if I was from the south... I guess if you think about it a good amount of people in Michigan's lower peninsula have a southern accent too. (Weird huh?)
Alot of blue collar accents resemble southern accents to the untrained ear.
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