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The Southern drawl is it spreading?
Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 20, 2007 | Patrik Jonsson

Posted on 09/19/2007 8:33:25 PM PDT by Lorianne

Some believe that the Southern drawl has expanded to the point where, arguably, more than half of all Americans now glide their diphthongs and hush their R's like modern-day Rhett Butlers. Some professionals who travel around even adopt different regional dialects as they go, knowing it's one of the best ways to get ahead.

But other experts believe mass communications and urbanization are cutting away at the distinctiveness of the Southern voice, resulting in a more mono-pitch America.

(Excerpt) Read more at csmonitor.com ...


TOPICS: History; Miscellaneous
KEYWORDS: accent; accents; californian; dialect; dialects; dixie; drawl; english; language; texan; twang

1 posted on 09/19/2007 8:33:28 PM PDT by Lorianne
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To: Lorianne

ya’all

is more precise than

you (plural).


2 posted on 09/19/2007 8:34:28 PM PDT by ken21 ( people die + you never hear from them again.)
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To: Lorianne
more than half of all Americans now glide their diphthongs

Hey, no dirty talk here! ;o)

3 posted on 09/19/2007 8:35:42 PM PDT by TheBigB (I'm back. I'm bad. Get used to it.)
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To: Lorianne

Yes.


4 posted on 09/19/2007 8:36:38 PM PDT by MNJohnnie (http://www.vetsforfreedom.org/)
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To: ken21

I prefer “yinz”.


5 posted on 09/19/2007 8:39:05 PM PDT by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: ken21

and “all y’all” is even more precisely plural...


6 posted on 09/19/2007 8:40:10 PM PDT by mozarky2 (Ya never stand so tall as when ya stoop to stomp a statist!)
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To: Lorianne
The Southern drawl – is it spreading?

You mean are Northerners losing their accents?

With every home having cable TV, it was kinda inevitable that learning and sophistication would eventually penetrate even the most backward areas of the country. ;-}

7 posted on 09/19/2007 8:43:40 PM PDT by SergeiRachmaninov
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To: Lorianne

Maybe we should have a paypsee!


8 posted on 09/19/2007 9:15:42 PM PDT by Khepera (Do not remove by penalty of law!)
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To: Khepera
>"Maybe we should have a paypsee!"

No paypsee! COKE!!!

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9 posted on 09/19/2007 9:41:37 PM PDT by rawcatslyentist (Did you know that everyday mexican gays sneak into this country and unplug our brain dead ladies HJS)
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To: Lorianne

"Ahhhh ain't no ways tahhhhhhhrd..."

10 posted on 09/19/2007 9:48:30 PM PDT by JennysCool (Don't taze me, Bro!)
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To: JennysCool
I was going to post something about Hillary too. Her accents seem to appear and disappear depending on what group of people she's trying to pander to.

When she's talking to blacks she'll get to some jive talking. When she's talking to southerns she'll get the southern drawl going.

She's such a phony witch and her supporters are too stupid to see it.

11 posted on 09/19/2007 9:59:14 PM PDT by MotleyGirl70 (Go Packers!)
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To: Lorianne

This article misses that there are different Southern accents.


12 posted on 09/19/2007 10:13:00 PM PDT by SIDENET (I don't want to find "common ground" with a bunch of damn leftists.)
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To: Lorianne
It hasn't been spreading quite as fast since people quit putting CB radios in their cars. ;-)

It matters not where a person is from, be it New York City, Jersey, the West Coast, Kansas or some foreign country. You put a CB mic in their hand and within thirty minutes, they'll be sounding like they're from south Alabama!

13 posted on 09/19/2007 10:46:15 PM PDT by uglybiker (relaxing in a luxuriant cloud of quality, aromatic, pre-owned tobacco essence)
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To: Lorianne

Now it is “Hey, like did you go to that uh, like party last night it was killer, ya know?! Uh so what’s up? Dang that guy was ho—o-t. Yeow! You know what I’m talkin’ about? Way hot!” And that is just with the 45 year olds. LOL. I haven’t even gotten into text language with the young uns. The language is mono rap with a lot of the younger crowd or party girl NY/California (established from TV and movies). Give me a southern drawl anyday!


14 posted on 09/19/2007 11:06:36 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: Lorianne

Watched the premiere of “Kid Nation” (because of the controversy—still haven’t decided whether it was a bad idea), and it seems that regional accents (such as Southern drawls and Massachusetts.....accents) are still in existence and will be for at least a while more yet.


15 posted on 09/20/2007 12:10:37 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: ken21

Actually, having ‘you’ cover both singular and plural is considered very helpful, personally.


16 posted on 09/20/2007 12:11:22 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: Lorianne

Overall, the article tends to take a biased-against-Southern-accent slant.


17 posted on 09/20/2007 12:45:30 AM PDT by Jedi Master Pikachu ( What is your take on Acts 15:20 (abstaining from blood) about eating meat? Could you freepmail?)
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To: Lorianne

I bought into Lenny Bruce’s routine about Lyndon Johnson that made much of northerners’ unwillingness to accept any sort of intellectual comment from a southerner. When I moved north to Virginia, I had to lose the Carolina drawl or be pegged for a bumpkin. As Bruce said, “They damn you for your sound.”


18 posted on 09/20/2007 4:18:49 AM PDT by Thrownatbirth (.....when the sidewalks are safe for the little guy.)
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To: SIDENET

Very true. It wasn’t until I moved south that I realized there was so much variance. Georgia sounds nothing like East Texas, which sounds nothing at all like East Tennessee.

Another thing that seems strange to me is that some members of a family will have a strong regional accent and others won’t.

What’s up with that?


19 posted on 09/20/2007 10:07:40 AM PDT by Sherman Logan
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To: Sherman Logan

It has to do with education, what entertainment they watch (and where it’s from), and who they associate with. Also, how much they care, and who they’re speaking to.

I find myself sliding around from a flat, accentless Midwestern-type speech (in business with people not here in TX) to a light Texas drawl, to a near-British accent, depending on who I’m speaking with and where they are.


20 posted on 09/20/2007 10:58:58 AM PDT by Spktyr (Overwhelmingly superior firepower and the willingness to use it is the only proven peace solution.)
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To: GOP Poet

I admit to using like a lot. And I do it and then get angry at myself for doing it. I can’t stand it when others do it, and then here I am doing it. It just doesn’t sit right.

I h8 txt talk. I can’t bring myself to do it in text messages. Having a full keyboard has made it easier to avoid.


21 posted on 09/20/2007 11:19:26 AM PDT by Mr. Blonde (You ever thought about being weird for a living?)
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To: Mr. Blonde
Hey, I hear you. In college I used to say "Ya know" A LOT!! Basically every sentence. One day I was in a professor's office and he said, "No. I don't know. What do you mean?" I fa-areaked! LOL. I didn't have the least idea how to describe what I meant as I had been talking that way for so long and no one ever challenged me. They either said, "Yeah," shook their head yes, or said nothing.

Since then I have learned to articulate myself much more precisely but it took awhile and as you mentioned it is not always blessedly free of ums, likes, yeahs, hmmms but one thing I rarely ever say, if ever, is "Ya know." :-).

22 posted on 09/20/2007 1:11:57 PM PDT by GOP Poet
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To: JennysCool; Lorianne
Listen to Kentucky fried Hillary: Hillary Adopts Southern Drawl In Church Service

"I just want to begin by giving praise to the Lord Almighty," said Mrs Clinton, 59, with a Southern twang not normally detectable in her speeches, as she announced she had come as "a sister in worship and a grateful friend and beneficiary of what happened in Selma 42 years ago".

Remember a few years ago when she tried to talk "black" to the NAACP?"I just want to begin by giving praise to the Lord Almighty," said Mrs Clinton, 59, with a Southern twang not normally detectable in her speeches, as she announced she had come as "a sister in worship and a grateful friend and beneficiary of what happened in Selma 42 years ago".

23 posted on 09/23/2007 4:36:18 AM PDT by Daffynition (The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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