The following exchange occurred on the way home from mass today:
Dom: Dad, where do accents come from?
Me: Eh? You mean the way people talk?
Me: Well, from the way people pronouce their vowels, mostly. In certain regions, people hear each other and repeat how they speak to each other and it forms a self-sustaining pattern of speech,
Dom: Oh. Huh.
Me: Where did you think they came from?
Dom: The climate?