This is another request for a hub. How do accents come about? What role, if any, does race,...
class, geography, custom, religion play in distinguishing the sound of the speech of one subgroup of the same nationality from another?
Accents often develop as children mature. Studies have found that children from different cultures initially have similar 'baby talk'. As the child grows, they mimic the sounds and intonations they hear. Those reproductions of sounds eventually become accents. Accents are definitely associated with geographic regions. In Louisiana, there are people who can identify which parish people are from based solely on accent. Although much effort has been put forth to have standard pronunciation in the US, with the standard being the Midwest dialect, it has not been successful. Many regions, especially across the Southern States, the accents continue, despite efforts at minimizing or reducing them.
When people from the same parish (as in Louisiana) share an accent, it is not likely from religion or nationality.
Thank You J.D. Murrah
This is very helpful. You have given a nice explanation of how accents are perpetuated. I wonder if you can provide us with additional insight into how the template is set to begin with?
How does the various features that go into making a accent come together? What is the primordial origin of accents? Where are you from, for example?
You might talk about where in Europe the original settlers of your part of the country came from, their language, dialects, etc. What interaction did this original language have with Native American and black African ways of talking, such that (if there was any interaction of all) that people from your part of the country pronounce words in the very particular way they and you, do.
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