[LBJ Library photo #D886-9A by Yoichi Okamoto]

Texas Twang Fixin’ To Ride Off Into The Sunset

Dec 06, 2012

[posted on www.npr.org on December 5, 2012]

When most people think of Texas — and what makes a Texan — one of the first things that might come to mind is the way Lyndon Johnson or the late Gov. Ann Richards spoke. But these days, "talking Texan" sounds a whole lot different than it did just a few decades ago.

Just outside Austin, Laurel Robertson is watching a 1962 NBC documentary shot in Amarillo about her family. Back then, her sister had a deep Texas twang, leaving her sounding a bit like this:

"Thees room is on top of the din, and it was beelt the same tahme the din was beelt," she says, describing the room above the den in the house.

"It's hysterical. She doesn't talk like that anymore," Robertson says. In fact, she adds, no one in her family talks like that now.

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