American Dialects: A Manual for Actors, Directors, and Writers

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Routledge, Jan 2, 2014 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 312 pages
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This standard text, now in paperback for the first time-- the companion volume to Foreign Dialects-- American Dialects offers representative dialects of every major section of the United States. In each case, a general description and history of the dialect is given, followed by an analysis of vowel and consonant peculiarities, of its individual lilt and rhythm, and of its grammar variations. There are also lists of the idioms and idiomatic expressions that distinguish each dialect and exercises using them. American Dialects also includes musical inflection charts and diagrams showing the placement of lips, tongue, and breath.
  

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Contents

How to Use the Manual
1
one The Common Speech
7
two The New England Dialect
25
three The Southern Dialect
57
four The LouisianaFrench Dialects
113
five The Mountain Dialect
133
six The African American Dialect
167
seven The New York City Dialect
221
eight The PennsylvaniaDutch Dialect
251
nine The Middle Western Dialect
265
Bibliography
285
Basic Exercises for Speech Clarity
293
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