(If they spent less time watching yankee TV, not learning in government schools, or on their phones and more listening to elder Southerners their accents would be alive and well – DD)
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Other Regional Accents Vanishing Also
(New York Post) – Well, bless their hearts — Gen Z is killing the Southern drawl, y’all.
That’s according to a new study published in Language Variation and Change, which claims the classic Southern American accent has been slowly fading over time — with the younger generation now helping to hammer the final nail into the proverbial pine box.
Researchers over yonder at the University of Georgia and Georgia Tech listened to hundreds of hours of archived and new speech recordings of white individuals native to the Peach State, starting in the late 19th century.
The study focused on how the speakers pronounce their vowels. Using a computer model, linguists estimated where speakers placed their tongues when pronouncing the sounds, quickly finding distinctive differences.
The collaborative team claims to be the first to identify this here accent shift in Georgia.
“We found that, here in Georgia, white English speakers’ accents have been shifting away from the traditional Southern pronunciation for the last few…