Origion of the Edmonton/Norther Alberta drawl
August 1, 2014 3:12 PM Subscribe
Does anyone know the origins and evolution of the northern Alberta drawl? Does it originate with Texas oil people that moved north, or is it a local evolution?
posted by Canageek to Writing & Language (6 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
Northern Alberta has a drawl, that you hear a lot in Edmonton and north of it. I was told that it comes from all the Texas oil people that came up when oil was found there, which makes sense given how similar it sounds.
Someone disagrees with me, and says that very few people came up, and it is just a regional language shift. Does anyone have any resources either documenting when the accent appeared, and if it correlates to oil being found, number of people coming up from Texas, or best of all a linguistic article detailing the evolution of it.