Southern American English

varieties of American English from the United States South

Southern American English (aka Southern U.S. English or Southern drawl) is a group of American English dialects used in the Southern United States. Southern English is usually used in Alabama, Arkansas, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Louisiana, Texas, Oklahoma, Georgia and parts of Florida. Modern day Southern English dialects have been used in states including Illinois, Missouri, Nebraska, southern Iowa, south central Indiana, southern Ohio and Kansas.[1]

The dialects are also used in some parts of the Mid-Atlantic States.

In Southern English, people use terms like ain't, you was, been (rather than have been) and that there.


  1. "North American English". Aschmann. Retrieved Mar 9, 2016.