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By Lewis Herman

This regular textual content, now in paperback for the 1st time-- the spouse quantity to Foreign Dialects-- American Dialects bargains consultant dialects of each significant component to the U.S.. In each one case, a common description and historical past of the dialect is given, through an research of vowel and consonant peculiarities, of its person lilt and rhythm, and of its grammar diversifications. There also are lists of the idioms and idiomatic expressions that distinguish each one dialect and workouts utilizing them. American Dialects additionally comprises musical inflection charts and diagrams displaying the situation of lips, tongue, and breath.

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Fairfield County, in southwestern Connecticut, is so close to New York City and the Hudson Valley that it has taken on much of their dialects and has even retained elements of the New Amsterdam Dutch. Certain districts in Maine 26 American Dialects know nothing of the New England dialect spoken by people in adjacent states. The speech of western New England is predominantly General-American with a few eastern New England carryovers, most of which are mentioned in the following text. The dialect given here is typical of eastern New England speech and may be used in accordance with the variations given for historical or modern rural or coastal characters.

It is common to all speakers, except to the educated. "I ain't never comin' back" is typical. " LIAISON The habit of liaison, or joining of words, is quite common to American speech. Complete phrases are often pronounced so that they sound like one word. ) (why did you ... " (when did you ... " (where are you ... ) WEAK AND STRONG WORDS Certain sounds may have two or more pronunciations. Most of these are in short words which change according to their emphasis in a sentence. " The first "do" is weak; the second "do" is strong.

Many of these expressions are still heard, especially in rural areas.

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