American Voices by W Wolfram and B Ward

American Voices by W Wolfram and B Ward

By W Wolfram and B Ward

American Voices is a set of brief, readable descriptions of assorted American dialects, written through best researchers within the box. written by way of 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 attention-grabbing examine the entire variety of yankee social, ethnic, and nearby dialects written for the lay individual

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27 AVC04 27 21/7/05, 10:47 AM haint ghost holler valley surrounded by mountains jasper outsider, stranger liketa almost, nearly mountain laurel rhododendron painter local pronunciation of panther pick to play a stringed bluegrass instrument, like a banjo or a guitar plait to braid poke bag or sack poke salad wild greens boiled to leach out poisons; often mixed with egg razorback wild hog ramp small wild onion right smart great in quality, quantity, or number sigogglin tilted or leaning at an angle, crooked tee-totally completely tote to carry (over) yander/yonder over there (in the distance) young’un child you’ns (pronounced “yunz”) you (plural) References and Further Reading Montgomery, Michael B.

In Charleston, the vowel begins with the tongue in a higher position, the same as in the initial sound of about or abroad. This pronunciation has been stereotyped in spellings such as a boot for about, pronounced something like uh-buh-oot. This pronunciation is found not only in Charleston; Canada is known for this pronunciation, as well as parts of the US such as the Tidewater region of Virginia. The initial part of the vowel sound is also raised in the pronunciation of like, rice, and tight. In its most extreme form, the vowel of like may sound more like lake and rice more like race.

The common assumption is that it is a region lacking in racial and ethnic diversity, populated mostly by whites of European ancestry. But the Smoky Mountains and Appalachia in general were actually settled by diverse groups of people. Coming to the area around 1000 ad, the Cherokee Indians left a strong legacy: Oconoluftee, Nantahala, Hiwassee, Cheoah, Junaluska, Cataloochee, and Cullowhee are just a few of the places whose names pay homage to the Smoky Mountains’ Cherokee settlers. Today, many flourishing communities of Cherokee Indians and other Native Americans still reside in the Smokies.

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