Just a quick-hitter: if you haven’t seen it, check out Mo Rocca’s piece on CBS This Morning about the erosion of regional accents to what is now becoming “the American accent.”
Watch here. (A bit of usability warning: CBS has apparently opted to not include volume, pause/play, or rewind/forward controls on their video player, presumably because they have never witnessed a human being try to access a six-minute video clip on the web.)
I’d hate to think of an America with no accent. I mean, I do live in the Midwest, but it’d be nice to think that not everyone did.