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ERIC Number: ED021240
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1968-Jul
Pages: 8
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Is There a "Midland" Dialect of American English?
Bailey, Charles-James N.
The author reviews the lexical, grammatical, and phonological criteria claimed in support of the hypothesis that there is a "Midland" dialect. He finds the claim to be "an unsubstantiable artifact of word geography" and discusses the inadequacies of this method. While he is "not questioning the existence of a subdialect corresponding to what has been called the 'South Midland' dialect," he does claim that evidence can be provided to show that it should be renamed "Outer Southern" (since it will include western Southern speech); the dialect now called "Southern" would then be renamed "Inner Southern." By the same token, the so-called "North Midland" would be renamed "Lower Northern," and the currently named "Northern" would be renamed "Upper Northern." Explicit is the claim that the two Northern dialects and the two Southern dialects have more linguistically significant resemblances to each other than the resemblances that obtain etween the currently styled North and South Midland dialects (here renamed "Lower Northern" and "Outer Southern," respectively). It is suggested that the use of ordered rules in the sense of generative phonology will produce greater insights in the study of regional dialects. (AMM)
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Note: Slightly augmented version of paper read at Linguistic Society of America Summer Meeting, July 1968.