By W Wolfram and B Ward
American Voices is a suite of brief, readable descriptions of assorted American dialects, written through best researchers within the box. written by means of best researchers within the box and comprises Southern English, New England speech, Chicano English, Appalachian English, Canadian English, and California English, between many others attention-grabbing examine the complete diversity of yank social, ethnic, and neighborhood dialects written for the lay individual
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Acknowledgment The West Virginia Dialect Project would like to thank the National Science Foundation (BCS-9986247) and West Virginia University for supporting our research. Kirk Hazen and Ellen Fluharty 21 AVC03 21 21/7/05, 10:47 AM 4 If These Hills Could Talk (Smoky Mountains) Christine Mallinson, Becky Childs, Bridget Anderson, and Neal Hutcheson 4 A creek running through the Great Smoky Mountain National Park. © by John von Rosenberg. ” The trademark of these hills is the ever-present blue-gray mist that casts a hazy glow over the dense fir and spruce pine covered landscape.
The reason for this is that Appalachia encompasses a great number of disparate urban, suburban, and rural communities. With such geographic diversity, there are great differences in the way Appalachian people speak. For example, growing up in southern West Virginia may or may not mean that you have a Southern accent, depending on whether you grew up in suburban Charleston or in rural Logan County. 18 Deﬁning Appalachian English AVC03 18 21/7/05, 10:47 AM There are also great differences between younger and older generations of speakers.
The continuing influx of settlers from 1840 to the beginning of the twentieth century enhanced and transformed the mix. Anglos from both the Lower South (Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina) and the Upper South (Tennessee, Kentucky, and North Carolina) moved rapidly into the new state after 1840, frequently bringing their slaves with them. Lower Southerners generally dominated in east and southeast Texas and Upper Southerners in the north and central parts of the state, though there was considerable dialect mixing.
American Voices by W Wolfram and B Ward