AJ and all the Apple family (plus Hayseed Turniptruck) speak a stereotyped "Southern" (SE U.S.) dialect of American English. Almost everypony else in Ponyville speaks Standard Middle Western American English, which seems to be the local dialect. AJ was born in Ponyville. (We know that because Granny Smith came to Ponyville as a little girl, and she and her descendants have lived on the farm ever since.) The central territory for AJ's dialect seems to be the "Wild West" desert area of Equestria, since everyone in Appaloosa (plus Cherries Jubilee) speaks like AJ, as do most of the Apple family from out of town.
If Ponyville was founded by ponies speaking AJ's "country" drawl, why do so few of its residents speak that way? And why do AJ and Applebloom retain their ancestors' dialect, instead of talking like the other Ponyville ponies that they grew up with?
Apparently, their speech habits were fixed in the bosom of their family while they were still colts and fillies, before they went off to school and got exposed to the standard dialect. But where did that family come from? Who did Granny Smith find to marry? It had to be some immigrant; she couldn't have married one of her siblings. Likewise, her offspring (the father or mother -- which? -- of AJ, Big Mac, and Applebloom) would have had to marry someone who came to Ponyville from elsewhere. Where did AJ's other three grandparents, and one of her parents, come from? Did they speak "country"? (It's not simply the rural dialect; the Pie sisters, who grew up on a farm, speak Standard Poneglish.) Why didn't any other new settlers in Ponyville speak it?
The only theory that makes sense is that it's genetically determined. But we know from "Simple Ways" that AJ can speak Standard when she wants to. What gives here?
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