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The Southern Drawl: Is It Spreading?

By PATRIK JONSSON
ATLANTA, Sept. 22, 2007

True story: A North Carolina teacher gave an example to his class of a statement by the school's football coach: "I'll be done drove there by 3 o'clock." Now, the teacher said, give the correct future perfect tense of that sentence. A boy's hand shot up. "I'll be done drive," he said proudly.

Borne out in grammatical and metaphorical mazes, talkin' Southern -- or talkin' country -- is the cadence of Atticus Finch and Andy Griffith, presidents and preachers, ballplayers and businessmen in Brooks Brothers suits. To many Americans, it's also the lingua franca of honky-tonk pluckers, bumpkins, rascals and hicks.

Yet in an urbanized America drawn ever closer by high-speed communications and swirling migrations, a quiet debate is now surfacing among linguists -- in all kinds of English -- about whether Southern talk is spreading or becoming as quaintly provincial as a coon hunt.

Full story at http://abcnews.go.com/US/CSM/story?id=3637113&page=1




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Tuesday, September 25, 2007 11:06 AM

NVGHOSTRIDER


Twang is a universal language. And luckily it might be recognized in the future as it is in the 'verse. It really isn't too different from your own accent DTH. Seems there was a ton of Gaelic influence in the mountains and hills from Kentucky to Akansas. It was just lost over time. Freakin' western twang isn't that far off either. I had more than a few folks mistake me for a lanky white dude over the phone. Imagine their surprize after the come to our facility and I greet them at the door.

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Monday, October 8, 2007 10:49 AM

NCBROWNCOAT


The Southern accent is definatly going. More and more people are moving and living in multiple areas through out their life and more and more people are fleeing the Northeast for the South and West.

Used to be you could just about tell which county in NC you were from by the accent. Hyde Co more of an old English sea mans influence, being very rural and isolated on the coast. Beaufort Co (my home county) has a more generic Southern accent, being at one time a river port. And so on throughout the state.

Now, with a lot of Northerners crowded in the Raliegh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem area etc, you get oddities. Northern parents with kids that have a mild Southern accent, not as deep as even 15 years ago.

Eventually even that will go though, with the influence of the media.



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