Is There A Difference Between A Drawl And An Accent?

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A drawl is a form of speech, of any language, that is produced by lengthening the vowels in certain words during a conversation. In the United States (U.S.), the English language, as spoken in the different geographic regions of the country, is more likely to contain a drawl from the south and in the west. The phenomenon appears to be noticed more by individuals from outside those areas who see those areas.

Individuals who associate as an ethnic group or who reside for a lengthy period of time in a region, will tend to get a peculiar accent. I say peculiar to not mean odd, but instead it’s a familiar way of speaking that is mimicked when it is spoken or heard differently. While an accent, such as the Southern U.S. accent will vary regionally, the drawl inside the accent is very likely to stay the same. In other words, if you listen to Southerners from South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Grant Valkaria Rat Removal, Virginia, Tennessee, and other places say something, you should be able to differentiate between the various voices of those areas. They are all Southern, but the sound of their accents on the ear is similar to music sung by singers who have different tonal qualities.

However, if folks from all those regions say, “Hey Y’all” with a drawl, the drawl should not be unique while the accents are. Some folks believe that the use of a drawl implies a laid back attitude by the consumer. I could almost agree with that if we’re talking about talking from the Southeastern U.S. during a high humidity August day. High humidity saps your strength. But, Western climates don’t feature high humidity, so why do the Westerners have a drawl? My theory is that they do because the actor John Wayne spoke in a distinctive Western drawl in cowboy roles. Who from the West is going to have a problem with how “The Duke” talks?

Do those who drawl tend to have other customs that indicate a laid back approach to life? From the Southeastern U.S., one who drawls can be reasonably expected to turn their car onto a crossroad or into their driveway with a slow pace that implies that their car must have a steering wheel the size of a wagon wheel. This slow motion turn from a car can greatly upset the people in cars behind them, who must endure the move before they can get down the street.

Especially, a Northeastern urban-dweller, will probably roll down his window to jabber his or her upset at the drawling slow turner. But, this will accomplish nothing, for the person who drawls will interpret it as a mindset (different from either a drawl or an accent) which is related to a Yankee (someone from the Northeastern U.S.) in a terrific rush and frustrated like an agitated squirrel in a cage.

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