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Is Texas losing its identity?

L.A. Times 2013/01/18 17:00:00
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Don Graham, an English professor at the University of Texas at Austin, likes to tell the story of a student who once worked as a cowboy. "Wore hat and boots," Graham says. "He was the real deal."

At the end of the academic year, the student told Graham, "You were the only professor at UT I ever had who spoke English." ... "What he meant," Graham says, "was I was the only one who spoke his language."

And by language, the student meant talking Texan — the distinctive twang and drawl that becomes almost an attitude, from the first "howdy" to the last "thank you, kindly." Conversation can be as extreme as the landscape in Texas, where locals will tell you it gets hotter than a stolen tamale and the wind blows like perfume through a prom.

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  • M 2013/01/22 18:44:17
    No
    M
    L.A. Slimes lost its identity as a credible news organization long ago.
  • Jimm 2013/01/22 17:38:00
    Yes
    Jimm
    Much of The South is losing its regional dialect due to influence from a variety of sources. The impact of migration from the North and influx of aliens, both legal & illegal, has changed the sound of Dixie. I should know...I moved my family from IL to SC in 1985, and can tell the difference over the past 28 years. Oddly enough though, we have lived here long enough that natives will still pick up on our "Yankee" accent, but if we go back North they laugh at our Southern drawl!! So, we are guilty of contributing to the hybridization of the Southern accent too I guess!
  • kelsieilesha 2013/01/22 16:42:37
    No
    kelsieilesha
    +1
    Texas will always have it's Texans that have the accent.
    They'll never completely disappear. It just depends on the location in which the person lives.
    My dad's ex's live in Texas (you laugh at that, and I'll kill you). They both have a strong Texan twang. As does he, and he's from Ohio. I guess spending your 20s in Texas an do that. Unfortunately, since graduating and spending more time with him... so do I. >:(
  • rebeccasrevenge 2013/01/22 16:37:37
    Yes
    rebeccasrevenge
    Texas will now be known as New Jersey
  • rebecca... rebecca... 2013/01/22 16:47:15
    rebeccasrevenge
    I know,I know- A smart ass gist don't fit in a saddle
  • Theresa2000 2013/01/22 12:46:36
    Yes
    Theresa2000
    Well....I wouldn't say identity....not completely.
  • Katt 2013/01/22 06:17:18
    No
    Katt
    I have no clue. Ask someone that lives there.
  • s2k 2013/01/22 04:02:04
    No
    s2k
    No
  • polock 2013/01/21 15:46:07
    No
    polock
    simply accepting all other twangs as well, speacking spanish is that a foreigh twang as well.?
  • bettyboop 2013/01/21 15:07:26
  • Hellcat bettyboop 2013/01/21 18:53:41
    Hellcat
    +1
    I do believe Miss Betty that you gave a just description . Thank you Ma'am.
  • jerry.alan.carroll 2013/01/21 12:50:52
    Yes
    jerry.alan.carroll
    just like the texans lost against the Pats!
  • rude rudy 2013/01/21 10:43:03
  • joe mauro 2013/01/21 06:44:07
    No
    joe mauro
    never
  • ll 2013/01/21 02:53:28
    No
    ll
    Why does it matter when you're a Texan and you know it!! I've always wanted to visit there. I'm a Floridian but I've always wanted the country life. And I don't mean cows and chickens, I mean acres of grass and dirt! its beautiful...
  • bettyboop ll 2013/01/21 15:12:22
    bettyboop
    +1
    fields of bluebonnets in Texas
    one of the prettiest sights in Texas is when the blue bonnets come alive
  • C. C. Rider 2013/01/21 00:30:11
  • Grabitz 2013/01/20 23:22:09
    Yes
    Grabitz
    They are all starting to talk like Rush Limbaugh .
  • Elz 2013/01/20 21:48:30
    No
    Elz
    I'm pretty sure not. even though I don't live there.
  • Commander Pyle 2013/01/20 21:03:53
    No
    Commander Pyle
    +2
    There are plenty of people with that Texas accent. I'm sure the majority still say "ma'am" and "sir" to just about anyone.
  • Sheery 2013/01/20 19:43:34
    No
    Sheery
    +1
    No. Maybe America is losing it's identity.
  • Airhead 2013/01/20 19:25:39 (edited)
    Yes
    Airhead
    +1
    But it's not necessarily a bad thing. Cultures evolve and change constantly and how I see it, it's good that people are starting to look around and see the big picture. The southern draw in southern speech was originally inherited from the British and look how much that has changed..
  • T J 2013/01/20 18:44:42
    No
    T J
    +6
    It will take more than accents for Texas to lose its identity.
  • Avanging Angel 2013/01/20 18:31:58
    No
    Avanging Angel
    +2
    They want it to loose itself because it's THE LAST of the states which is a true republic.
  • JohnT 2013/01/20 18:13:53
    No
    JohnT
    +1
    No problem with it's less than stellar identity. It still retains a lot of bigotry. I see that by the racist political posts on this site. As far as speaking mush mouth I have no idea
  • mrcharl... JohnT 2013/01/21 17:34:39 (edited)
    mrcharlesjohnsonjr
    +1
    I relocated to Texas about two years ago for my job. It's far less racist here then Louisiana. I have not had any raciest things happen to me since I've been here. Also most places here are not segregated like louisiana.
  • Tannenberg1993 2013/01/20 18:07:30
    Yes
    Tannenberg1993
    +1
    Not sure I meant to click yes, but it does seem like Texas is changing a bit. But that's just how civilization works.

    Oddly enough, I have more of a Texan twang than my Texan dad, and I was born in Virginia. That's probably because I listen to so much Texas music. So don't worry, Texas, you're still loved.
  • Wesloco 2013/01/20 16:06:42
    Yes
    Wesloco
    ...I'm half Texan, my mom was from Texas and my dad from California. I've lived in Texas off and on since the 60s and I've seen the change happen and it makes me sad. )-:
  • donopolis 2013/01/20 14:41:24
    No
    donopolis
    +1
    Sadly no.

    I live in Texas. I grew up in Texas. I worked very hard to get rid of the lazy twang that can come back when I am tired or telling a great story.

    That twang does not sound very smart. It is not an indicator of intelligence by any means, but many people will judge based on it.
  • foxy donopolis 2013/01/22 09:50:32
    foxy
    I am english, I am told I am a cockney by my friends, I am not, my dad was, he was born by Bow bells. I married a man from Nottingham, now I am the foreigner, some things they say is like a foreign language. Everywhere u go people speak differently, try going to london its like going abroad.
  • arkiii 2013/01/20 13:52:20
    No
    arkiii
    +1
    just it's twang..
  • ruralntex 2013/01/20 13:28:45
    Yes
    ruralntex
    +1
    mainly in the cities though. Rural areas are still very identifiable with the older Texas ways. But, sadly the entire thing will meld into whatever replaces it. Time marches on. God's devine plan you see.
  • Cal 2013/01/20 13:10:47
    No
    Cal
    +1
    In fact I'd say they might just be regaining it.
  • Eddie 2013/01/20 10:39:07
    Yes
    Eddie
    +1
    Actually I think thats probably true of many of the areas of the country which once had distinctive accents and vocabularies bordering on being seperate dialects. I really think that the everpresent media drone which comes at us from all directions today has more to do with it than anything else.
  • darkwhisperer 2013/01/20 10:06:26
    Yes
    darkwhisperer
    sadly :( i used to live there and it slowly started changing, then we moved, i miss the old times. :(
  • Not A Crybaby Richard <3Fre... 2013/01/20 10:02:56
    Yes
    Not A Crybaby Richard <3Freedom!
    Maybe, I guess...
  • HailScience 2013/01/20 04:23:14
    No
    HailScience
    +1
    There's still plenty of Dumbass, Racist, Separatist, Redneck, No Proper Speaking people here
  • Kaye 2013/01/20 04:21:18
    No
    Kaye
    +3
    I can talk to strangers and they know where I'm from
  • James 2013/01/20 02:52:22
    No
    James
    +2
    It's adapting.
  • tlee 2013/01/20 02:29:20
    Yes
    tlee
    +5
    But that is the norm. Progressives ruin states like California,Detroit,etc then get sick of what they did and then move to another state and set out to ruin it. Same thing with Mexicans. They lived like crap,wanted to get out,then come here and ruin this country!.

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