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Funny how every little town have its own accent. then you can go even deeper and distinguish even ways how some families talk... every person have some characteristics in speech, but that couldn't be called accent.Particularly if we're talking about Western NC and Northeast AL. Both of those regions are part of Appalachia and were settled largely by Ulster Scots ("Scots-Irish"). Differences in accent between those regions are minute (Both are a Nasal "twang", with "R"'s in places they shouldn't be; "wash"becomes "warsh", 'tomato' becomes 'tomater' ).
So too Central NC and AL; both were largely settled by the English-- hence, a gutteral non-rhotic 'Drawl'. R's often get dropped-- "water" becomes "watuh", 'Charlie' sounds like "Chahly".
However, along the coasts of both states, things get really fuggin weird. You run into things like a "Carolina Brogue", which frankly isn't even recognizable as American. To me, it sounds like a Scotsman singing Johnny Cash songs Karaoke after drinking a liter of paint thinner. Similarly, along Alabama's Gulf Coast you find a different accent every other town or so; and southwest of Mobile, you start encountering little bits of French in everyday speech. Case in point-- until I joined the Army, I had no idea that Pirogue, Pilé, or Pain Perdu weren't actually English words.
Well, not that easy for me to distinguish every little differences in accent but I'm noticing some basics and funny things going on in some versions of English.
It's also interesting how language changes not only geographically, but through the time also. You can hear differences in that video and in old movies, news etc. Significantly different than American English spoken today. I would say that probably every 20 y language evolve so there's noticeable difference,
Englishmen of today wouldn't understand English from 12th century