>> The southern accent seems to be merging with the midwestern accent in my area. <<
Sadly, the Southern Accent — or should one say, the Southern “Accents” in the plural — is/are dying. All across the Deep South, not to mention the Upper South, teenagers now ape the talk of Valley Girls and Britney Spears. In 75 years, the Southern accent will be heard only in old movies and recordings.
(This unfortunate development affects both the “drawl” variety and the “twang” variety of Southern speech, the latter being primarily from the Coastal Plain, lower Piedmont and “Delta” areas of the South, with the latter being primarily from the upper Piedmont and mountain areas.)
Largely the result of mass media. There are still certainly pockets with deeply rooted accents, but we all watch the same TV shows.
“I think various American accents are converging to some extent. The southern accent seems to be merging with the midwestern accent in my area.”
I hate to say it but I have to agree with you, at least to a certain extent. In the big Texas cities, most of the kids are losing their regional accents and are sounding like someone from the upper midwest. For the most part, our small town and country kids are retaining theirs at least for now.
My little 5 and 6 yo grandsons have good Southern accents but we live just east of the Houston area in the far exurbs. My 7 yo granddaughter who lives in the city, not so much, but her accent is still not totally “Yankeefied”.
“I’m a lifelong Michigan redneck. This is where my roots are and this is where I’ll die. Don’t ask me to leave because I’m too happy to play the role of bleeding hemmoroid on the butt of the liberals of this state. Its the greatest place in the world and I’m not giving it up.”
I like your attitude!