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Old 05-29-2018, 07:05 PM
 
Location: North Caroline
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Can be communities, cities (or parts of), or regions within a state, or can be regions that span across multiple states yet are still confined to a specific geographic area with a cohesive sound.

I'll take a stab and say the southern Appalachian mountain dialect/accent in places like western NC. Here's a link.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03iwAY4KlIU

Another dialect or accent is also found in North Carolina, yet on the exact opposite (eastern) side of the state, the Outer Banks brogue. Also fascinating to listen to these people talk, and I've attached another link for this as well.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jXs9cf2YWwg

Last but not least, here's an example of a Piedmont/central NC regional accent (the speaker appears to be from Raleigh or nearby). From the get-go it doesn't sound nearly as "thick" and it's obviously less "strange" or unique. Yet it's without a doubt Southern and many natives around this area speak in a similar fashion, even if it is more mild to the ear compared to more stereotypical Southern accents.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qv3H_gw2Fyk


Southern accents are still alive and well in North Carolina! What accents are still going on strong in your region?
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Old 05-29-2018, 08:00 PM
 
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Louisiana
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Old 05-29-2018, 08:14 PM
 
Location: Edmonds, WA
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Marcia Gay Harden’s accent in the Spitfire Grill is unlike any other accent I’ve heard. It takes place in Maine which makes me think it is a local variation. It almost sounds like some of the accents you hear in the Maritimes.
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Old 05-30-2018, 12:26 AM
 
Location: New York NY
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Gullah (also called Geechee) must be one of the most distinctive dialects in the US. It’s in Low Country SC. The Sea Islands.
I guess the more isolated the area, the longer distinct dialects last.
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gullah_language
Plenty of examples on YouTube.
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Old 05-30-2018, 12:56 AM
 
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Pittsburgh and Baltimore
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Old 05-30-2018, 05:31 AM
 
Location: Baltimore - Richmond
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Virginia Tangier accent:


Virginia Tidewater accent:


The old Richmond accent:


Sadly, the Tidewater and Richmond accents aren't as prevalent as they once were.
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Old 05-30-2018, 06:02 AM
 
Location: Kent, UK/ Rhode Island, US
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Pittsburgh and Baltimore
Got any examples for Pittsburgh? I didn't even know they had their own accent.
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Old 05-30-2018, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Kent, UK/ Rhode Island, US
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Girl in the last clip(discover Raleigh) sounds very pleasant. I'm not sure if anyone really speaks like this, but the accents in Fargo sound very different to me. That's got to qualify, surely? But then, do people in MN actually speak like that?
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Old 05-30-2018, 06:07 AM
 
Location: Washington County, PA
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Got any examples for Pittsburgh? I didn't even know they had their own accent.
Really? People from the west probably think it's a different language.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/West...lvania_English
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Old 05-30-2018, 08:12 AM
 
Location: Wonderland
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I live in Texas and it's a huge state with a lot of different cultural influences. In NE Texas, the influences are predominately southern, but around Houston in SE Texas there is a lot of Cajun influence from south Louisiana. Then in Central Texas, there's a southern influence but also a lot of Hispanic and simply southwestern. Then you get close to the border and there's a huge Hispanic influence, including in accent. The Panhandle has more of a western influence.

I spent ten years living in Georgia, and most of my life living in the southeastern US from Virginia to Alabama. So yes, I have a southern accent (which I am very attached to). But when I went to a recent class reunion in Georgia, I had been living in Texas for about twenty years, and everyone told me "Wow, you sure do have a Texas twang!" Well, actually what they said was something more like, "Wow, you shuwah do have a Texahs twahhhhng." See, in GA and NC and SC, the typical southern accent is more lilting and has more (mowah) of a drawwwwwwwl, and less of a TWANG. Texan talk, while it does have a southern slowness to it, is more clipped than a southeastern accent. We do talk a little faster with a little more whang to it!

Hope that makes sense.
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