When I’m far from home, like I am right now, I have an accent. When I’m there I don’t. It’s the outsiders that “talk funny.”
My regional and ethnic style of communication is most comfortable to use and understand. Even when I’m not physically home I feel the familiarity when I meet someone from home. An aural representation of my home puts the outsider in my perspective. Sound also puts my favorite attributes from home on display: the artful speech that fluctuates in tone, the humor, the subversive topics.