Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English

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University of Tennessee Press, 2004 - Reference - 710 pages
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Often considered merely a repository of archaic or even Elizabethan English, the language of southern Appalachia represents a distinctive American dialect that is both conservative and innovative. This dictionary marks the first comprehensive, historical record of the traditional speech of this region. Focusing on the Smoky Mountains of East Tennessee and western North Carolina, it features more than six thousand names, usages, meanings, and folk expressions that are found in the region, exemplified by more than fifteen thousand documented quotations.

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Michael Montgomery is Professor Emeritus of English and Linguistics at the University of South Carolina. For the past 20 years he has read widely in the archives and museums of Ireland, Scotland, and the U.S to find the material for this book. His has written widely on Irish and Scottish links to American English as well as on the English of his native southern United States. His most recent book is "Dictionary of Smoky Mountain English." He is Honorary President of the Ulster-Scots Language Society.

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