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Old 02-21-2020, 05:55 PM
 
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The notion that the Virginia accent was never Southern is erroneous. The Virginia Piedmont accent influenced the rest of the South. It is that classic genteel accent that includes r dropping. The Tidewater accent, to the east, is unique but also decidedly Southern. Virginia is more homogenized with the rest of the country than it used to be, especially in urban areas, but a lot of natives still have accents. People I grew up with in the Richmond area have accents, for the most part, and consider themselves Southerners. They're not redneck sterotypical accents and attitudes, but all the better aspects of being Southern, such as manners and charm. I know RVA has a hip, progressive trend going on downtown, which is good, but it's still Southern too.
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Old 02-22-2020, 05:34 AM
 
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The notion that the Virginia accent was never Southern is erroneous. The Virginia Piedmont accent influenced the rest of the South. It is that classic genteel accent that includes r dropping. The Tidewater accent, to the east, is unique but also decidedly Southern. Virginia is more homogenized with the rest of the country than it used to be, especially in urban areas, but a lot of natives still have accents. People I grew up with in the Richmond area have accents, for the most part, and consider themselves Southerners. They're not redneck sterotypical accents and attitudes, but all the better aspects of being Southern, such as manners and charm. I know RVA has a hip, progressive trend going on downtown, which is good, but it's still Southern too.
I've never gotten why people on here try to act as if Richmond has completely lost its Southern roots. The last time I was in Richmond, no joke, the first question our waiter asked us was if we wanted sweet tea. That said, Richmond and the entire area has changed a lot due to recent growth but to pretend it's no longer southern is a bit of a stretch.
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Old 02-22-2020, 07:37 PM
 
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I live in Virginia Beach and most of the people here don’t have southern accents. Suffolk and westward it seems to pick up a lot more. Ex-mother-in-law is from Blackstone and she’s like Paula Dean on steroids, so it’s quite the mix.
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Old 02-25-2020, 06:46 AM
 
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I would say from Harrisonburg on south on I-81 you start picking up more of the "Appalachian South" dialect. It's pretty much ubiquituous everywhere south or west of Roanoke.
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Old 02-25-2020, 04:31 PM
 
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I had a co-worker who was born and grew up in Fredericksburg and had a deep southern accent. But that was long ago, he is over 70 now. Today's generation of southerners, especially the educated or assimilated class (like Stephen Colbert of Charleston SC, or Ellen DeGeneres of New Orleans), often have little or no accent.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RzVKCWXrRA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upKqzxuJ5L4

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Old 02-25-2020, 11:59 PM
 
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I would say from Harrisonburg on south on I-81 you start picking up more of the "Appalachian South" dialect. It's pretty much ubiquituous everywhere south or west of Roanoke.
And in Roanoke as well.
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Old 02-26-2020, 12:03 AM
 
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I had a co-worker who was born and grew up in Fredericksburg and had a deep southern accent. But that was long ago, he is over 70 now. Today's generation of southerners, especially the educated or assimilated class (like Stephen Colbert of Charleston SC, or Ellen DeGeneres of New Orleans), often have little or no accent.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1RzVKCWXrRA


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=upKqzxuJ5L4
Colbert was born in DC and his parents appear to be from points north. Living in Charleston had no impact on his speech.
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Old 03-02-2020, 02:29 PM
 
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Don't tell folks in Appomattox, FarmVille, Gretna, Martinsville, Danville or Lynchburg that they are not Southern :-)
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Old 03-02-2020, 02:36 PM
 
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And in Roanoke as well.
I second that
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Old 03-08-2020, 05:08 AM
 
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I've never gotten why people on here try to act as if Richmond has completely lost its Southern roots. The last time I was in Richmond, no joke, the first question our waiter asked us was if we wanted sweet tea. That said, Richmond and the entire area has changed a lot due to recent growth but to pretend it's no longer southern is a bit of a stretch.
I agree. And the same can be said of places like Raleigh/Durham and Charlotte.
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