Does being born in a certain location automatically program you to speak with that accent?
Despite neither M nor myself having a particularly thick accent of any kind (I suppose mine is a touch southern, and hers is southern plus midwest?) – RR says some words with a huge, thick southern accent.
For example, “more” and “bear.”
We all know that these two words have one syllable. But not in RR’s world. “More” is “moe-wa-ore” and “bear” is “bay-ya-err.” This is particularly alarming when she wakes up in the night asking for her stuffed bear… hollering, “Baaayyyyaaerrrr… I need baaaayyyyyyerrrrr.” I almost want to give her an aspirin.
My family’s Virginia accent is frighteningly similar to this recording. Specifically, my family is prone to pronouncing the “day” at the end of days of the week as “dee.” Wednesdee. Tuesdee. And my grandparents all pronounced “brother” as “bruh-thah.” Me, not so much, though.
So OK y’all (see what I did there?) – I know kids have funny and hilarious ways of pronouncing (or mispronouncing) words, but what about accents? Any strong accent leanings already? And if so, where in the world are they coming from?