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Donna Humphrey Donnell
Texas Accents
Fri Jan 5, 2018 5:19pm
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Okay, I have to say something about Texas accents, being a Texas descendants since the 1870's. Even in the 1800's we didn't all talk like a country bumpkin. There were actually some very fine educated women in Texas. If you lived in the larger cities like Dallas, Fort Worth, San Antonio, Houston etc, you could receive a very good public education. Some of the wealthier families since their daughters to boarding schools outside of Texas.

Another thing, just because you are "from" or :live"Texas does not mean you were "born" in Texas. Many of our early pioneers and founding fathers of towns were from the northeast, New York, Vermont, MA, PA, etc. If you were born from the time of the Louisiana Purchase to 1880's chances are pretty good your parents were born outside of Texas and migrated here either with their parents or came solo. We had a huge population increase after the Civil War from all over the USA.

Now all that said..."if you be a think'n I don't knows what I'mma talk'n about, well I be a think'n you ain't never been to Texas."

  • snickerVince Garcia, Thu Jan 4 4:28pm
    Only issue I have with placing her in Texas as a main background is no one ever said she had a Texas accent For instance, the Etta in BLACKTHORN: "Wha ya tellin'. may?" No indication she spoke like... more
    • Texas Accents — Donna Humphrey Donnell, Fri Jan 5 5:19pm
      • Re: Texas AccentsVince Garcia, Tue Jan 9 1:58pm
        "if you be a think'n I don't knows what I'mma talk'n about, well I be a think'n you ain't never been to Texas." That's a whole lot closer to the way Laura Bullion talked than the way Etta probably... more
      • excellent observations (nm)Daniel Buck, Sat Jan 6 2:00am
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