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December 6th, 2012
Audio: The fading Texas twang

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by MATT LARGEY
KUT News

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.

“What’s changed over the past few decades is that you don’t automatically have a twang because you’re from here,” says Lars Hinrichs, a linguistics professor at the University of Texas who leads the Texas English Project.

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MATT LARGEY reports for KUT News where this story was originally broadcast. It is made available here through a news partnership between the KUT News and the San Marcos Mercury.

COVER: President Lyndon Johnson rests on a low-hanging branch of a Live Oak at his ranch near Johnson City in July 1968. Linguists say the twang that has long been synonymous with Texans is fading. ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTO

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