Death of Dialects and Accents or Twangs

‘Thus, when a country boy migrates to the city, he’s already something of a dialect chameleon.’

America has no dialects but Lars Hinrichs, English professor and head honcho of the Texas English Project at the University of Texas, says that the Texan twang is dying. He blames 2 things: the in-migration of the damn Yankees and the Texan youth learning accent-neutral English from mass media.

I once asked a southwestern American teacher who was an Iraq war vet why he doesn’t have a western accent. ‘You lose your accent because soldiers in your troop come from all over US.’ he said. Peer influence.

The dialect of the Philippine province of Zambales is Ilocano and I witnessed how it’s dying. I handled a public computer shop there and the children playing video games aren’t speaking their own dialect anymore -they’re speaking the national language Tagalog instead so what can we expect is that the children of these children wouldn’t be speaking their dialect at all anymore.

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Poch is a Bookrix author and a freelance writer. He is a frequent contributor to TED Conversations.
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