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Professor details disappearance of Georgia’s Southern accent

Margaret Renwick, associate professor of linguistics in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences, recently spoke with The Wall Street Journal about the disappearance of Georgia’s deep Southern accent.

In a study conducted by Renwick and fellow researchers, it was found that the Peach State drawl, developed by white Georgians born in the mid-1960s, is slipping away.

“We don’t think everybody’s going to start talking the same, but change is going to keep happening,” she said.

According to Renwick, the steady post-World War II influx of new arrivals, especially to metro Atlanta, is to blame for Georgia’s transforming linguistic scene.