22 Linguistic maps Of the US


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3 thoughts on “22 Linguistic maps Of the US

  1. I was in the navy with this fellow from western North Carolina. I don’t remember the context any longer, but he kept talking about getting ‘crowns for the kids’ party’. I had no idea why his kids would want to wear crowns. It took me some time to figure out that he was saying ‘crayons’. I had never heard this pronunciation before, and I couldn’t resist teasing him about it. But then, he had teased me over my use of the word ‘crawdad’. Another term that I’d never heard in those days was a ‘macadam road’, used by a Pennsylvanian. For me, this was always a gravel or stone road. Regional variants in speech are fascinating.

    • They are fascinating, but unfortunately they’re fading. My daughter says “you guys” rather than “ya’ll” because we live in a city and everybody we meat is from up North. Most actors have little or no accent and any Southern accent is a movie is a dumb hick. It will be a dull world when regionalism disappears.

  2. Yes, indeed. If state sovereignty had maintained its preeminence in this country, then maybe this situation would have taken much longer to develop. Centralization has its drawbacks, both great and small.

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