American Voices: How Dialects Differ from Coast to Coast by Walt Wolfram, Ben Ward

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By Walt Wolfram, Ben Ward

American Voices is a set of brief, readable descriptions of assorted American dialects, written via best researchers within the box. written through most sensible researchers within the box and comprises Southern English, New England speech, Chicano English, Appalachian English, Canadian English, and California English, between many others interesting examine the total diversity of yank social, ethnic, and nearby dialects written for the lay individual

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Htm), for example, has a section explaining king cake ‘wreath-shaped coffee cake eaten during the Mardi Gras season’, krewe ‘members of a carnival organization’, Mardi Gras ‘Tuesday before Ash Wednesday, season from Twelfth Night through Fat Tuesday’, and many other words pertaining to the season. The most accessible description of the language of New Orleans is part of “The Gumbo Pages,” maintained by Chuck Taggert, a New Orleans native who now lives in California. From Taggert’s (2000) Yat-speak: A Lexicon of New Orleans Terminology and Speech, much can be extracted about New Orleans pronunciation and vocabulary.

The typical Smoky Mountain i is a broad, unglided version of i, so that the word bright would approximate the sound of the word brat and right would almost sound like rat. When i is followed by r, for example, the ire sound may sound more like ar, so that fire and tire will be pronounced as far and tar by Smoky Mountain speakers. The r sound is also an important feature of Smoky Mountain English. In contrast to some Southern English varieties that drop their r’s, as in deah for deer, Smoky Mountain English is primarily an r-pronouncing dialect.

That twang” is what usually emerges as people realize they don’t really know what a Memphian, or a Southerner for that matter, specifically talks like, except that they know one when they hear one. Non-Southerners, in fact, are generally not very good at separating out the different dialects spoken within the South, viewing us as one mass lump on the American dialect landscape.

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