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Is there a region in Canada where they have adopted the southern accent?
Not that I know, but there’s a region of the South that does a stereotypically Canadian thing.
The stereotypically Canadian thing is Canadian raising: pronouncing the diphthongs /aɪ/ and /aʊ/ as /ɐɪ/ and /ɐʊ/ before voiceless consonants. It’s the thing that Americans make fun of, by saying Canadians say aboot instead of about.
Canadian raising is not restricted to Canada.
I went down to Lynchburg, Virginia once; friend of mine’s folks are from there.
And what do you think I heard?
Sure wasn’t expecting a 70 year old southern gentleman to sound like Terrence and Philip.
The major central (Piedmont) and eastern (Tidewater) regions of Virginia, excluding its Eastern Shore, once spoke in a way long associated with the upper or aristocratic plantation class in the Old South, often known as a Tidewater accent. Additional phonological features of this Atlantic Southern variety included:
A possibility of both variants of Canadian raising:
- /aʊ/ pronounced as [aʊ], but [əʉ~ɜʉ] before a voiceless consonant.
- /aɪ/ pronounced as something like [aε~aæ], but possibly [ɐɪ] before a voiceless consonant.