Do you think Jasper would still retain an accent? Some fics write him with a strong accent others it's nonexistent In the movies none of them really have a defining accent Ive lived in south Texas and Alabama my whole life I moved away from the south years ago and while my accent has faded there are times where I get so excited or just really damn angry and everything comes out of my mouth in that accent. Do you think the same would be the case for vampires?
This is really interesting to consider!
Personally, I’m inclined to say that vampires lose their accents when speaking second, third etc. languages. The basic theory behind accents goes like this: the human brain can only distinguish between and learn to produce certain sounds during childhood. After that, you’re stuck compensating for sounds in different languages with comparable ones from your own. For humans, this makes sense. “Space” in the brain is at a high premium, and there’s no reason to maintain sensitivity to phonemes which you’ll never use nor hear.
Since vampire brains get upgraded so much during the transformation process, I have to think that cognitive resources stop being a problem. Not only can immortals detect minute differences between sounds, but most of them can achieve fluency in an enormous number of languages. Venom, in other words, gives you complete control over your pronunciation.
(Don’t ask me why Tanya canonically retains her Russian accent, whereas her sisters don’t. Or why Russian is her first language, period. We’re just going to ignore that or call it a deliberate choice on her part.)
Now, as for accents in one’s native language, I feel like venom leaves that up to a vampire’s discretion. It doesn’t want to tamper too much with the structures underpinning language use– memory loss when it comes to speaking isn’t great– but it doesn’t want to “freeze” them either, for fear of interfering with future learning.
As a result, Jasper and Carlisle can sound like men of their time and region, if they want to. They just.. don’t want to often, because it seems suspicious. If your young doctor whipped out an idiom from 1623 in a period-appropriate London accent, after telling you he was raised in Pittsburgh, you’d probably freak out a little. Plus, Jasper and Rosalie frequently impersonate twins, and Rose’s natural cadence is very different from his. It’s kind of fun to imagine them slipping back into their native dialect when they’re angry or flustered, though.