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  • What is your American dialect?

    09/16/2013 11:54:23 AM PDT · by Theoria · 118 replies
    Gene Expression ^ | 16 Sept 2013 | Razib Khan
    Razib’s Dialect SimilarityLanguage dialect is something that we often pick up unconsciously, so I find it an interesting if narcissistic project to query my own dialect affinities. The above was generated using a 140 question test (warning: server often slow). In case you were curious, my most ‘similar’ city (to my dialect) is Sunnyvale, California. Though most of my life has been spent on the West coast of the United States, I did spend my elementary age years in upstate New York. You can see evidence of that in the heat-map. There are particular words I use and pronunciations that...
  • Another way of speaking English disappears as fisherman's death spells demise of rare dialect

    10/03/2012 10:21:04 AM PDT · by FeliciaCat · 151 replies
    Fox News ^ | 10/3/2012 | Associated Press
    In a remote fishing town on the tip of Scotland's Black Isle, the last native speaker of the Cromarty dialect has died, taking with him another little piece of the English linguistic mosaic. Scottish academics said Wednesday that Bobby Hogg, who passed away last week at age 92, was the last person fluent in the dialect once common in the seaside town of Cromarty, about 175 miles (280 kilometers) north of Scottish capital Edinburgh. The Biblically-influenced speech — complete with "thee" and "thou" — is one of many fading dialects which have been snuffed out across the British Isles.
  • Votes and Vowels: A Changing Accent Shows How Language Parallels Politics

    04/04/2012 12:09:31 AM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    Discover Magazine ^ | 28 Mar 2012 | Julie Sedivy
    ThereÂ’s been a good bit of discussion and hand-wringing lately over whether the American public is becoming more and more politically polarized and what this all means for the future of our democracy. You may have wrung your own hands over the issue. But even if you have, chances are youÂ’re not losing sleep over the fact that Americans are very clearly becoming more polarized linguistically. It may seem surprising, but in this age where geographic mobility and instant communication have increased our exposure to people outside of our neighborhoods or towns, American regional dialects are pulling further apart from...
  • Fairfax investigates allegation of racially insensitive behavior by high school teacher

    03/18/2012 7:12:06 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 22 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2012 | Emma Brown
    Ninth-grader Jordan Shumate said that during class this month, he was reading aloud a poem by acclaimed African American writer Langston Hughes when his teacher interrupted and directed him to read in a “blacker” style. “She told me, ‘Blacker, Jordan — c’mon, blacker. I thought you were black,’ ” said Shumate, who is African American.
  • Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? (Suprising answer)

    10/09/2010 8:08:47 AM PDT · by prisoner6 · 182 replies · 5+ views
    Nick Patrick blog via Fark.com ^ | 10/09/2010 | Nick Patrick
    The typical English accent didn't develop until after the Revolutionary War, so Americans actually speak proper English. Here comes the science. Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? Reading David McCulloughÂ’s 1776, I found myself wondering: Did Americans in 1776 have British accents? If so, when did American accents diverge from British accents? The answer surprised me. IÂ’d always assumed that Americans used to have British accents, and that American accents diverged after the Revolutionary War, while British accents remained more or less the same. Americans in 1776 did have British accents in that American accents and British accents hadnÂ’t...
  • Scotch-Irish Appalachian Vocabulary Quiz No. 2

    04/05/2010 8:33:37 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 32 replies · 934+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | April 5, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Here's the challenge: certain words and phrases characteristic of Appalachian English in eastern Tennessee and elsewhere can be traced back to Scottish English. Some of these are disappearing; others have spread throughout the South; a few seem to be making it into widespread usage. How many do you know? 1. backset; 2. let on; 3. bonny-clabber; 4. palings; 5. redd up; 6. creel; 7. kindling; 8. hull; 9. nicker; 10. whenever. (I knew 5 of the 10, so that makes me 'bout half smart . . .)
  • The Roots of Appalachian English and the Writings of Robert Burns

    04/02/2010 6:44:38 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 15 replies · 373+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | April 2, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Prof. (Emeritus) Michael Montgomery has shown a definite link between the Scottish English of the Ulster emigrants to America and the Appalachian English dialect. Robert Burns was a poet and a lyricist who studied and wrote in Scottish dialect. His most famous collection of poetry is "Poems, Chiefly in the Scottish dialect." Burns collected Scottish folk songs, which he sometimes revised or adapted, and he traveled through southern Scotland collecting material for The Scots Musical Museum. Burns' poetry and lyrics thus reflect an extensive knowledge of the Scottish folk idiom. (Burns' letters, in contrast, are written in standard English.)
  • Extrornificacious or Beatingest? More Appalachian English

    04/01/2010 6:10:15 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 16 replies · 323+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | April 1, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    In 1869, writer E. A. Pollard toured the western provinces of Virginia gathering material for his book The Virginia Tourist (J. B. Lippincott & Co. 1871). Pollard noted and included in his book fragments of the English spoken by the mountaineers, including a pair of interesting words, "extrornificacious" and "beatingest." These and a few other Appalachian English words are presented in context in an excerpt from The Virginia Tourist. NOTE: These are not "dirty" words! [Sorry!]
  • Scotch-Irish Appalachian Vocabulary Quiz

    03/29/2010 5:52:06 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 48 replies · 1,232+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 29, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Here's the challenge: certain words and phrases characteristic of Appalachian English in Eastern Tennessee and elsewhere can be traced back to Scottish English imported to this country by Scotch-Irish settlers. Some of these are disappearing; others have spread throughout the South; a few seem to be making it into widespread usage. How many do you know? 1. piece; 2. beal, bealing; 3. mend; 4. airish; 5. chancy; 6. muley; 7. bottom; 8. discomfit; 9. singlings; 10. fireboard . . . .
  • Talking Appalachian English -- and Scotch-Irish

    03/14/2010 10:30:44 AM PDT · by jay1949 · 55 replies · 1,075+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 14, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    Are yous up for a few more words on the subject of Appalachian English? The words for today being "yous" and "you'ns," along with variant spellings like "youse," "yooz," "you-uns," and "youens," and their Scotch-Irish roots. The traditional speech of the Backcountry is not a "corrupt" dialect, as is often assumed by those from "yonder" and “away,” and its roots can be traced to the places from whence the Backcountry settlers originated. "Yous" or "youse" as the plural form of "you" is of ancient origin and came to America with Scotch-Irish settlers in early colonial times.
  • Teetotally Appalachian English

    03/12/2010 6:19:58 AM PST · by jay1949 · 76 replies · 1,563+ views
    Backcountry Notes ^ | March 12, 2010 | Jay Henderson
    The unenlightened assume that Appalachian accents and usages are a “hillbilly” corruption of the flatlands Southern drawl. This is not so; the accents and usages of the Backcountry developed contemporaneously with the versions of English spoken in the other areas of European settlement. The society and culture of the Backcountry were dominated by the large numbers of Scotch-Irish immigrants, blended with the influence of German, Dutch, Welsh, Scottish, and yeoman English settlers. Appalachian speech developed from the versions of English introduced by these settlers, independently of the development of the Southern drawl and the Yankee accent of New England. The...
  • Time for a new symbol for Democrat Party

    01/14/2010 7:04:52 AM PST · by Ghblog · 22 replies · 790+ views
    Framing The Dialogue ^ | 1/13/2010 | ghblog
    ...Many pundits are focusing on Reid’s notion about Obama being light-skinned and his lack of a “negro dialect.” I found two other things troubling. Reid seems to admit that Barack Obama can use the dialect when he wants to get votes from blacks. Some might consider that manipulative. The second issue is that Reid believes that white voters would not vote for a black man for president...
  • Harry Reid, read my lips: There's no such thing as 'Negro dialect' (sorry for the wrong reasons)

    01/12/2010 6:44:29 PM PST · by Libloather · 29 replies · 782+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 1/12/10 | Michael Meyers
    Harry Reid, read my lips: There's no such thing as 'Negro dialect'By Michael Meyers Special to NYDailyNews.com Tuesday, January 12th 2010, 3:48 PM Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid really put his foot in his mouth when, last year, he told two reporters that white voters would vote for Barack Obama because Obama was a "light-skinned" African-American who did not speak "Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." He's since apologized - to Barack Obama and to every "African-American" in his Rolodex. But he's sorry for the wrong reasons. Reid has only backed off of his word choice; he has...
  • What's Been Missed In The Harry Reid 'Negro' Comment

    01/12/2010 3:42:48 AM PST · by Scanian · 24 replies · 1,247+ views
    The American Thinker Blog ^ | January 11, 2010 | Carl Paulus
    This past weekend it was revealed that Harry Reid in 2008 referred to then-Senator Obama as "light skinned" and "with no Negro dialect, unless he wanted to have one." The reaction to these revelations came as expected: Republicans called for Reid to resign from his leadership position, while Democrats circled the wagons around the Senate Majority Leader. Despite their criticisms, Republicans have missed the full meaning of Reid's statement in 2008 as well as his recent clarification. While the immediate acceptance of Reid's apology from those who censured Rush Limbaugh's attempt to buy an NFL franchise is striking, the last...
  • Classic Coulter VS Sharpton on what is and isn't racism

    Coulter to Sharpton on Reid: ‘Did He Ask You to Stop Using That Negro Dialect?’ Watch the video.
  • Reid: Obama as appealing because he was "light skinned" and spoke "with no Negro dialect..."

    01/10/2010 7:44:18 PM PST · by Libloather · 16 replies · 701+ views
    Free Republic ^ | 1/10/10
    Obama as appealing because he was "light skinned" and spoke "with no Negro dialect..."
  • Placing Sarah Palin's accent

    10/01/2008 11:38:12 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 179 replies · 4,933+ views
    Slate ^ | 10/1/08 | Jesse Sheidlower
    Since Sarah Palin was selected as the Republican candidate for vice president, many people have made comments about her unusual speech, comparing it to accents heard in the movie Fargo, in the states of Wisconsin and Idaho, and in Canada. Some have even attributed her manner of speaking to her supposed stupidity. But Palin actually has an Alaskan accent, one from the Matnuska and Susitna Valley region, where Palin's hometown, Wasilla, is located.
  • The Southern drawl – is it spreading?

    09/19/2007 8:33:25 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 22 replies · 405+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | September 20, 2007 | Patrik Jonsson
    Some believe that the Southern drawl has expanded to the point where, arguably, more than half of all Americans now glide their diphthongs and hush their R's like modern-day Rhett Butlers. Some professionals who travel around even adopt different regional dialects as they go, knowing it's one of the best ways to get ahead. But other experts believe mass communications and urbanization are cutting away at the distinctiveness of the Southern voice, resulting in a more mono-pitch America.
  • Working to preserve a historic dialect (Texas German)

    08/26/2007 2:04:22 PM PDT · by Dysart · 153 replies · 2,561+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | 8-26-07 | R.A. Dyer
    AUSTIN --Although stories of der Cowboy and die Stinkkatze mayno longer get told in Texas, Germanic linguistics professor Hans Boas wants to make sure nobody forgets them.Boas, an assistant professor at the University of Texas, is the founder and manager of the Texas German Preservation Project. Every month or so Boas ventures forth from his campus office in Austin to small towns like Boerne, Fredericksburg and Crawford to conduct interviews with the dwindling number of old-timers who speak the odd mixture of English and 19th-century German.It's a dialect unique to the Lone Star State, and most of the 8,000 or...
  • Best of British (British accents in the USA).

    03/21/2007 2:16:26 PM PDT · by Jedi Master Pikachu · 73 replies · 1,546+ views
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, March 21, 2007
    Many Brits make it in the US - not all keep their accents By Megan Lane BBC News Magazine A cut glass English accent can fool unsuspecting Americans into detecting a "brilliance that isn't there", says Stephen Fry. So is a British accent - of any variety - the route to success in the United States? "Gee, I just love your accent." Any Brit crossing the Atlantic will have heard that line many times. Like the rest of us, Americans are rarely immune to the charms of an accent different from their own. Go on, say "shagadelic"... There's the...
  • An American accent can be charming, admits Tom Leonard - but not if it's his daughter's

    It's started. Rising inflection at the end of the sentence. Sometimes several times in a sentence. Very. Short. Staccato. Statements. As yet no use of "like" four or five times in a sentence, but occasionally once or twice. Meike, once the vocalisation of Laura Ashley prints and the only girl at her inner-London primary school who never dropped any consonant, let alone an aitch, is starting to speak with an American accent. Perhaps not quite an accent, yet, but the rhythm of her speech has changed in a decidedly US direction. The rest can't be far behind. We have been...
  • You Go, Girl! (A missing consonant and the race card, or Hillary's Sudden Melanin Syndrome)

    01/27/2006 10:52:07 AM PST · by neverdem · 30 replies · 2,013+ views
    NRO ^ | January 27, 2006 | Mark Goldblatt
    E-mail Author Send to a Friend Version January 27, 2006, 8:23 a.m. You Go, Girl! A missing consonant and the race card. By Mark Goldblatt Something about that clip of Hillary Clinton insisting, in front of a predominantly black audience on Martin Luther King Day, that Republicans were running the House of Representatives like a "plantation," had been gnawing at me for almost a week, and even after replaying the video over and over again — ah, the curse of the Internet! — I couldn't quite put my finger on it. I knew it wasn't the comparison of congressional...
  • Why Do People in New Orleans Talk That Way?

    09/10/2005 12:46:45 PM PDT · by Mike Bates · 157 replies · 3,232+ views
    Slate ^ | 9/8/2005 | Jesse Sheidlower
    If you've been listening to coverage of Katrina's devastation on the radio, you've no doubt heard the distinctive New Orleans accents of victims, officials, and rescue workers alike. Some of them speak with a familiar, Southern drawl; others sound almost like they're from Brooklyn. Why do people in New Orleans talk that way?
  • The real sound of Shakespeare? (Globe theatre performs Shakespeare's plays in Shakespeare's dialect)

    07/19/2005 10:36:29 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 4 replies · 2,633+ views
    BBC News ^ | Joe Boyle
    Ever been baffled by the bard? Vexed by his verse? Or perplexed by his puns? London's Globe theatre thinks it has the answer: perform Shakespeare's plays in Shakespeare's dialect. In August the theatre will stage an "original production" of Troilus and Cressida - with the actors performing the lines as close to the 16th century pronunciations as possible. By opening night, they will have rehearsed using phonetic scripts for two months and, hopefully, will render the play just as its author intended. They say their accents are somewhere between Australian, Cornish, Irish and Scottish, with a dash of Yorkshire -...
  • Thomas Sowell: Black rednecks and white liberals

    05/05/2005 4:47:23 AM PDT · by Tolik · 99 replies · 4,935+ views
    TownHall ^ | May 5, 2005 | Thomas Sowell
    Black identity has become a hot item in the movies, on television, and in the schools and colleges. But few people are aware of how much of what passes as black identity today, including "black English," has its roots in the history of those whites who were called "rednecks" and "crackers" centuries ago in Britain, before they ever crossed the Atlantic and settled in the South.  Saying "acrost" for "across" or "ax" for "ask" are today considered to be part of black English. But this way of talking was common centuries ago in those regions of Britain from which...