But You Don't Sound Southern
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It's certainly true that kids don't get their accents from their parents. My grandparents, as well as the grandparents of most of the kids I grew up, with were immigrants who often had heavy accents (or sometimes didn't speak English at all). Yet none of our parents had those accents.
That's a fun example! I can think of any number of contributing influences (media such as movies or TV, minimal exposure to English-speakers apart from their parents, confounding influence from typical English accent as spoken by non-English natives in Vienna) ... but regardless, that's an interesting case. More typical to hear of the accent softening.