The disappearing regional dialect: Raleigh

A story in The News & Observer's Sunday edition might be interesting to language buffs and fans of regional accents. Robin Dodsworth, an associate linguistics professor at N.C. State University, says that the Raleigh accent is gradually disappearing.

She's also looking for natives of Raleigh to participate in her study. If you grew up in Raleigh — as far south as Garner or as far north as Wake Forest — and want to contribute your voice to Dodsworth's data, e-mail her at


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