The South proper as a present-day dialect region generally includes all of these pronunciation features below, which are popularly recognized in the United States as a "Southern accent".
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This article is about English as spoken in the Southern United States.
With this younger and more unified pronunciation system, Southern American English now comprises the largest American regional accent group by number of speakers.
As of 2006, its Southern accent is strongly reported throughout the U. states of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennessee, Arkansas, Louisiana, and Kentucky, as well as most of Texas, eastern and southern Oklahoma, southern Missouri, southeastern Maryland, West Virginia, northern Florida, and southeastern New Mexico.
The following phonological phenomena focus on the developing sound system of the more recent Southern dialects of the United States that altogether largely (though certainly not entirely) superseded the older Southern regional patterns: The merger of pin and pen in Southern American English.