I'm currently taking a course in linguistics for my Master's degree as an elective. The course is essentially about dialects, and it is sometimes quite interesting. My professor made a comment that I found quite surprising and I would like to know if there is any truth to it. I've divided it into two parts, since I think there could be some disagreement about the concept as a whole.

1. English people find southern American accents to be more pleasing than other American accents.
2. They find these accents more pleasing because it is closer to how they themselves speak.

Is there any truth to this? The second part of the statement sounded kind of like madness to me at first, but, well...here's a link to a video that the professor helped produce. Those are Americans from my home state of North Carolina. The entire program, Voices of North Carolina, is pretty interesting if you are interested in dialects.