Ranger, I blush at the kindness you have shown me. You are indeed a young man of wisdom who will one day teach others.
Now, for the southern dialect: ***
I have never studied the origion of this language. Had too much time tied up in Latin. But, I am gonna make a guess. Since most people had slaves in the early pre-civil war days, I am quite sure that the non- black ones just took the dialect of the black community.
Another theory is that in the hot days of summer, those that could spent lots of time in leisure. Slow to speak. The land owners and others took pride in their southern dialect.
Even today, if you visit one of the true southern states, you will hear this soft southern sound. And in the tour homes, they will wear period clothing.
Sorry I could not be more help. I am now going to study a bit about this. I also want to study the early Scots/Irish who moved into this area.
I wish each of the members here could hear the actual sound of a true southern lady.
Still a Steel Magnolia
I'm a Steel Magnolia
Tough but gentle
Like a lady