The accent can be linked to the ethnicity of the area's citizens, the majority of whom consist of people of German, Swiss, French (from the Montbeliard region) and British origins, descendants of late 18th century Protestant settlers. These immigrants have greatly affected the English that is heard in the area.
German words are also prevalent but are losing ground due to a lack in Canadian media, and rhoticity seems to be gaining ground in the some of the youth population while non-rhotic speech is spoken by the aged.
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