If you have an Appalachian twang, you surely know about all the stereotypes that come with it. For a century or two, outsiders have assumed that mountain people are ignorant, racist, and poor, and nothing seems to trigger these ugly images faster than our voices. One use of “afreared” or “sigogglin” is all it takes to cement opinions about us.
Is it fair? Should we try to change our accents? How did they come to exist to begin with? The good folks at 100 Days in Appalachia and the West Virginia Dialect Project tackle questions like these in the below clip, and they’d like to hear from you.
Please leave a comment telling us how people respond to your accent. Have you tried to change it, or do you “twang out” with pride?