Define Dialect:1. The usage or vocabulary that is characteristic of a specific group of people (worldnetweb)
2. A regional or social variety of a language distinguished by pronunciation, grammar, or vocabulary (grammar.about.com)
3. Linguistics. a variety of a language that is distinguished from other varieties of the same language by features of phonology, grammar, and vocabulary (dictionary.reference.com)
I say balderdash to all of these definitions. It means when you hear someone talk and they don't sound like you they have an accent.
I love to listen to anyone that does not sound like me! Has anyone ever heard of Hugh Grant? You can hear his accent and get a few chuckles.
My niece Patty live in Pennsylvania (same northern accent as my husband). Patty attended a business meeting with her husband and found herself with 3 other women in a car. Aa woman from Kentucky, a woman from Texas, a woman from Ireland, lives in Canada) and Patty.
Patty said: "its funny but everyone of you have an accent except me" She told me the other women alll laughed and were ready to push her out of the car. It seems they thought She had an Accent.
On a new blog I have subscribed to a couple of days back, I met Tippers Applachia Grannies. Click on Grannies to listen to Southern Music and See Southern Grannies.
These are my two Southern Belle Grannies
Daddy's Mother, we called her Mommy, born in Florida