American Regional Dialects: A Word Geography

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University of Michigan Press, 1987 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 317 pages
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This text describes the dialect areas of the United States. Focusing on some 2,000 dialect expressions, it traces cultural and historical forces that have shaped these speech regions and given them their characteristic vocabularies. The author not only explains the genesis and character of the dialects, but also explores the geographical and etymological origins of many unique words and phrases in the various dialects. Nearly 100 maps help define the dialect boundaries and individual isoglosses.

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Contents

CHAPTER
1
New England and the Northeast
21
The North
53
The South
93
The Lower South
125
England
133
The Upper South and Lower North Dialects
161
The West
205
into the West 273
213
Conclusion
245
A Lists of Map Words
253
B Regional Counterparts
267
Abbreviations
275
Glossary Index
291
Subject Index
309
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