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Media: Whither the Southern Accent?

Submitter: Mike Matloff

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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
Language Acquisition

Media Body: Here's an interesting article on accent/dialect change in the Southern U.S.
Several linguists are quoted.

'Across the fast-growing South, accents are under assault, and not just
from the modern-day Henry Higginses of academia. There's the flood of
transplants from other regions, notions of Southern upward mobility that
require dropping the drawl, and stereotypes that 'y'alls' and 'suhs' signal
low status or lack of intelligence.'
Issue Number: 16.3388
Date Posted: November 23, 2005