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Old 04-08-2013, 02:10 PM
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Originally Posted by southbound_295 View Post
William Labov at U of P is considered to be the authority. Here's a link to one of his maps. South Regional Map
That map has south Florida and DC in the Southern Dialect region.
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Old 04-08-2013, 04:34 PM
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Originally Posted by Tarheelhombre View Post
That map has south Florida and DC in the Southern Dialect region.
It includes the Midland accents in the overall southern accent area.

Also, I worked with someone who was a native of Ann Arundel County. He had a southern accent.

Labov mainly goes for natives.
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Old 08-31-2015, 10:35 AM
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For more than half a century, the familiar Southern accent has been fading in Raleigh. Its disappearance has been so slow and so subtle that locals may not even have noticed. But for Robin Dodsworth, an associate professor in sociolinguistics at NC State, the decline tells the story of rapid social change across the urban South.

Its not as though, all of a sudden, everyone said, Lets lose this Southern dialect, says Dodsworth. So what caused this to happen? What is the interface between language and society?

Sociolinguists like Dodsworth examine how factors such as ethnicity, gender, education and class affect how we speak. Everything from the words we choose to the way we pronounce our vowels is influenced by a complex web of social interactions and expectations. By analyzing our speech, sociolinguists can begin to untangle that web of social dynamics.

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Old 08-31-2015, 11:26 AM
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However, apparently it's more common for outsiders to adopt southern accents. In Raleigh, I don't think this is necessarily the case. Most people, and definitely younger generations, sound more "anywhere USA/middle American." I think we have too many transplants around Raleigh, at this point they might outnumber natives. Remember, the Research Triangle was largely built off the back of transplants. Raleigh was much smaller before the "RTP boom" and most of the suburbs outside the inner beltline didn't exist until the 60's or so. I run into many people who call themselves "natives" even though they moved down here and settled in areas like Cary or North Raleigh in the 60's/70's.
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Old 09-01-2015, 05:32 PM
Location: North Carolina
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I've lived in rural North Carolina all my life. I have a pretty strong drawl which non-natives have pointed out on several occasions. Not in a mean way, but an amused way. Nonetheless, there was a brief time when I was embarrassed about my accent, particularly when I started college. I tried to mask it and sound more "normal," but it never worked. I then began to realize that my accent was nothing to be ashamed of, and I now embrace it. No one should feel like they have to change their natural speech in order to "fit in" or be "professional." I think dialects should be celebrated.
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Old 09-08-2015, 10:22 AM
Location: Carrboro, NC
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I've been asked where I'm originally from on occasion... but I've lived in NC my entire life. Not everyone without an accent is a transplant. There's a whole generation of descendants of northerners and midwesterners who no accent either, who are adults at this point.
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Old 09-09-2015, 04:15 PM
Location: Raleigh, North Carolina
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Originally Posted by andrew_s View Post
Never heard southern accents in NJ, must have been transplants. As for deleware seems to be the southern half, but I dont spend much time in northern deleware.

Sadly the lack of an accent and culture is common with high occupation population areas. While its great that places like the triangle, NOVA/DC/Baltimore brings jobs to our states, it also opens the flood gates of yankees to populate our states. MD has had the worse occupation off and on since 1861.
That would be south Jersey. Burlington County especially, it gets pretty rural and there are plenty of good ol' farmboys
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Old 09-11-2015, 10:40 AM
Location: Raleigh, NC
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Then there is the phenomenon with African-Americans whose parents were part of the great diasphora of the mid-20th Century from the South to Northern cities, so you have people who grew up their entire lives in Chicago, Newark, or Cleveland and retain the Southern accent of their parents. It's why "Soul" music (Motown) is still sung usually with Southern accents (non-diphthongized "I", etc). So of course you will run into pockets in these Northern cities with large "Southern" influence in the accent in the same way Southern cities have "Northern" influence.

Also, strong regional accents have been decreasing with every generation since television brought "standard" American into every household.
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