"Regional speech may be fading, but..."

Marc Velasco marcjvelasco at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jun 21 15:44:04 UTC 2008

[slightly OT] on intra-regional variation:

A observation related to me the other day.  Apparently, in Moore County, NC,
the accent/dialect from the 'hinterlands' of the county is markedly more
rural, and country-sounding, than the relatively urbane and cosmopolitan
Cameron.  At least this was the case 15-20 years ago when the storyteller
was growing up there.

On Fri, Jun 20, 2008 at 4:47 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

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> Other than that dubious starting premise, this is a sorta fun piece
> on the "Dutchified" English of Lancaster, PA and environs in today's
> Times, with a lot of nice (if not particularly novel) data:
> http://travel.nytimes.com/2008/06/20/travel/escapes/20rituals.html?scp=1&sq=Lancaster&st=nyt
> One cute feature that I'm sure has been commented on by others is the
> (unsurprising) resemblance of the syntax of the dialect being
> described to that of Yinglish (mutatis mutandis, so it's "Throw
> Father down the stairs his hat" instead of "Throw Mama from the train
> a {kiss/knish}").
> LH
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