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ERIC Number: ED044698
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1970-Oct-30
Pages: 12
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Problems in the Study of Arkansas Dialects.
Underwood, Gary N.
The following description sets forth the aims and methodology of a project in Arkansas dialect studies; summarizes the preliminary work being carried on; and outlines the future course of the study. The urgency of the need for such research is pointed out by Moreland: The South is a "formerly distinctive region that is fast losing its distinctiveness." Although the population of Arkansas is still predominantly rural, it is becoming more urbanized. Alterations in cultural patterns are being accompanied by changes in language patterns. The distinctive dialect characteristics must be recorded before they are obliterated, and the dynamics of this transition must also be observed and studied. A further reason for research is pointed out by McDavid: "Developing an understanding of Arkansas language patterns is an indispensible part of learning what it means to be an Arkansan." The author hopes that ultimately the Arkansas dialect project, as yet unnamed, will be but one part of "an exciting program" concerned with all aspects of Arkansas and its people. (AMM)
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Identifiers: Arkansas
Note: Paper given at the South Central Modern Language Association, Memphis, Tennessee, October 30, 1970