Fir Blog (tiasian) wrote in little_details,
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Regional (American) questions.

What are the naming conventions for folks in the South? Are there any differences between white and black Southerner name trends - historical or current? Any hints on those would be helpful.

I'm not sure how I'd find such results on Google, you see - for this or for my next question.

Texan accents and colloquialisms - I don't quite mean as in pronunciation and such. I'm deaf, so I don't have an ear for those things. So to speak! I also don't care to do the apostrophe thing. Or spelling differently to reflect pronunciation. What I mean is... well, word choice. What words would a (stereotypical?) Texan tend towards in daily conversation?

... and on a tangent from that - I used to like reading David Edding's Belgariad and Malloreon series so I borrowed the Elenium and the Tamuli from the library a few months ago. In my opinion, they are some of the most hateful books I have read in recent memory. Amongst those books' faults, I felt that the frustrating similarity in converstional word choices stood high. Er, which brings me to my third question - which I'm not sure is on-topic for this comm.

Are there any general guides for making character "voices" distinct? If there's a community this quesiton is more appropriate for, point me towards it?

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