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GUEST,Phil Folklore: How did 19th century Americ sound? (24) RE: Folklore: How did 19th century Americ sound? 03 Jun 15

"...why does a black midwesterner sound much like a black southerner when a white midwesterner sounds very different from a white southerner?"

"Ghetto" (Snoop Dogg) and "Country" (Charles Barkley) and "Creole" (Beyoncé Knowles-Carter) are three completely different African-American dialects and social cohorts. But a Cajun ordering French dressing in Bangor is like an Abbott & Costello skit.

Several of the "other" 19th Century North American languages never really went away:
Quebec... 'nuff said.
Gullah-Geechee south of the Cape Fear down to Charleston or so.
Acadian-Cajun on the Gulf Coast (and the Maine Maritimes, sort of.)
Tejas, Nuevo MĂ©xico and Arizona will probably always be multilingual. (You don't hear much German or Bohunk 'round Luckenbach these days though.)
Cantonese & Hokkien (in eleventeen dialects) in San Francisco and Los Angeles.

And of course Hollywood, Broadway and any deli worth eating at run on a good bit of Yiddish.

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