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New Dialect Developing in Raleigh

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English Professor Robin Dodsworth was featured in the News and Observer for her research about Southern dialects:

Southern accent in danger?
By Chelsea Kellner

A new dialect is forming in Raleigh, and Scarlett O’Hara it ain’t.

There’s a gradual shift toward a less distinctive regional accent, and our vowel sounds are leading the way.

“Language is always changing, always in flux,” said Robin Dodsworth, an associate linguistics professor at N.C. State University. “Over time in Raleigh, the Southern variant is disappearing.”

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