It's sad that I live in the deep south, but don't understand what this means. I was reading about Southern American English and I don't comprehend what the following means:
* The Southern Drawl, or the diphthongization or triphthongization of the traditional short front vowels as in the words pat, pet, and pit: these develop a glide up from their original starting position to [j], and then in some cases back down to schwa.
/æ/ → [æjə]
/ɛ/ → [ɛjə]
/ɪ/ → [ɪjə]
Particularly since I've met a lot of hillbillies and rednecks with deplorable English skills and accents so thick that you can't understand them (Just last night there was a kid talking about something, but all I could get was a tree fell on his house or something like that) and I've NEVER heard anyone pronounce pat, pet, and pit as anything other than pat, pet, or pit, unless I'm not understanding what Wikipedia is saying.
And what is the difference between a "Drawl" and an accent? Can you have one without the other?