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Texas twang could be fading

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A recent study suggests the Lone Star State may be losing its world-famous Texas twang.

According to research conducted by the University of Texas as part of its Texas English Project, a number of factors could be watering down the state's accent.

The study found that urbanization, technology and an increase of newcomers to Texas are all contributing to the possible loss of the slow drawl.

Many Texans seem to agree the twang isn't what it used to be.

"I think Texans have lost their twang. If you really want to hear the twang you have to go out to Johnson County, Wise County," Ft. Worth resident Andy Anderson said.

"When I first moved here it was a big deal if you didn't have the Texan twang. You were an outsider, or a Yankee, and now it's odd if you do hear a Texas twang," said Paul Mohtares, who has lived in Texas for more than three decades.

According to the Texas English Project's website, the initiative began in 2008 and focuses on dialect differences in the state.

When completed, the Texas English Project "will provide both an interactive public showcase for video and audio documentaries about Texas English dialects and a professional digital archive for linguistic research."

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