Is Virginia "southern" any more?
Seems as though most people I meet from Virginia have no semblance of a southern accent - and it's not just millennials - I know lots of people from various parts of Virginia in the 40-55 age range, and none of them sound southern.
I know that VA is south of the Mason-Dixon, but I'm talking in 2019. I know that Northern Virginia is not southern at all, and that's where a sizable chunk of VA's population is from. I also imagine Richmond and Norfolk areas are cosmopolitan, and I imagine Charlottesville would be too, due to the university. But what about places like Roanoke, Lynchburg, Front Royal, or Fredericksburg?
- Not ApplicableLv 64 months ago
Many of the places like Virginia have added transplants from outside the "South". Of course, it varies from internal region to internal region. A transplant from Detroit or Sacramento doesn't suddenly sound southern when they cross the state line. Indeed, professional linguists say the so-called "Southern" accent is receding and is being replaced more with what is called the Midland accent (think Kansas).
- A Yahoo UserLv 74 months ago
Not as "strong" a drawl as deeper south
but definitely a drawl.
(I, raised in the North, can detect a drawl in people native to Columbus Ohio, for example)