how does a 3 yr old develop an accent

asked 2018-08-30 09:44:54 -0500

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We have a three yr old girl who was born in Kentucky, her parents were both born and raised in Missouri. but now live in Kentucky. The parents do not speak with a southern drawl. The girl does not yet attend school; her mother is a stay at home parent with an early childhood education degree. The girl is developing her speech normally. We have noticed that she is starting to speak with a southern accent on many words i.e. "chay-er" for chair, "day-own" for down etc. How is this possible since she has limited exposure to native speaking Kentuckians and her parents do not speak this way? It sounds cute on a three yr old. but we are curious how this is possible. Thanks for any info or ideas you can share.

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