By Walt Wolfram, Ben Ward
American Voices is a set of brief, readable descriptions of varied American dialects, written through most sensible researchers within the box. written by way of best researchers within the box and contains Southern English, New England speech, Chicano English, Appalachian English, Canadian English, and California English, between many others interesting examine the whole diversity of yankee social, ethnic, and neighborhood dialects written for the lay individual
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It is of fairly recent usage, possibly originating as part of Ninth Ward public high school slang in the 1950s as the name of one subgroup of the student body. By the early 1980s Yat clearly referred to a local way of speaking and is now firmly entrenched as the name of a dialect. It has the derived adjective yatty, as in 46 Speaking the Big Easy AVC07 46 21/7/05, 10:47 AM You surely sound yatty on your answer machine. Yat can also designate a person who speaks that way or, more generally, a native of New Orleans.
And a ramp is a small wild onion with a distinctive, long-lasting smell. Still other words are variants that may or may not have counterparts in Standard English; for example, cut a shine for dance, tote for carry, fetch for 26 If These Hills Could Talk AVC04 26 21/7/05, 10:47 AM go get, sigogglin for crooked or leaning, tee-totally for completely, and yander or yonder to mean over there. Other old-fashioned words, such as dope for soft drink or soda pop, are still used in the mountains, although elsewhere these terms have fallen out of use.
Stereotypes abound about the people who call Appalachia their home. 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.
American Voices: How Dialects Differ from Coast to Coast by Walt Wolfram, Ben Ward