A drawl is a type of speech, of any language, that’s generated by lengthening the vowels in certain words during a conversation. In america (U.S.), the English language, as spoken in the various geographic regions of the country, is more likely to contain a drawl from the south and in the west. The phenomenon seems to be noticed more by people from outside those regions who visit those areas.
Do not confuse a drawl with an accent. People who associate as an ethnic group or who live for a lengthy time period in a region, will tend to get a peculiar accent. I say peculiar to not mean odd, but rather it is a familiar way of speaking that is mimicked when it’s spoken or heard differently. While an accent, such as the Southern U.S. accent will vary regionally, the drawl within the accent is likely to stay the same. To put it differently, if you listen to Southerners from South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, West Melbourne Rat Removal, Virginia, Tennessee, and other areas say something, you should be able to differentiate between the various voices of these regions. They’re all Southern, but the noise of the accents on the ear is like music sung by singers who have different tonal qualities.
But if folks from all those regions say, “Hey Y’all” with a drawl, the drawl shouldn’t be unique while the accents are. Some folks believe that the use of a drawl implies a laid back attitude by the consumer. I could almost agree with that if we’re talking about speaking in the Southeastern U.S. during a high humidity August day. My theory is that they do because the actor John Wayne talked in a distinctive Western drawl in cowboy roles. Who from the West is going to have a problem with how “The Duke” talks?
Do those who drawl generally have other customs that imply a laid back approach to life? In the Southeastern U.S., one who drawls could be reasonably expected to turn his or her car on a crossroad or into their drive with a slow pace that implies that their car has to have a steering wheel the size of a wagon wheel. This slow motion turn from a car can greatly upset the people in cars behind them, who must endure the maneuver before they could get down the street.
Notably, a Northeastern urban-dweller, will likely roll down his window to jabber their upset at the drawling slow turner. But, this will accomplish nothing, for the one who drawls will interpret it as an attitude (distinct from a drawl or an accent) which is related to a Yankee (somebody from the Northeastern U.S.) in a great hurry and frustrated as an agitated squirrel in a cage.