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The Green Mountains in Vermont, once considered to be the boundary line for the New England accent. (Compass Points Media/Flickr)
The Green Mountains in Vermont, once considered to be the boundary line for the New England accent. (Compass Points Media/Flickr)

While each accent is as unique as the state, city and county it comes from, you can hear common characteristics that let you know that you're talking to a New Englander.

There was a time when you'd have to travel west of Vermont's Green Mountains before those dropped Rs would disappear and give way to other American accents. But a new study finds that the New England accent is receding, both geographically and generationally.

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This segment aired on September 14, 2012.

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