ERIC Number: ED052210
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1971-May
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A Dialect Survey of the Appalachian Region. Final Report.
Qazilbash, A. Hussain
To determine the linguistic structure of the Appalachian region, 9 interviewees from each of 13 states (Alabama, Georgia, Mississippi, Maryland, New York, Kentucky, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia) were chosen by selected criteria. The interviewees were classified as rustic, modern, and cultured speakers. Hour-long participant interviews were conducted, with a total of 117 hours of spoken discourse being taped. The data consisted of 471,656 words. The data analysis provided: (1) an alphabetized list of words and their frequency by respondent; (2) an overall alphabetized list of the data with word frequency for the region; (3) an overall alphabetized word frequency list of misused words and their correct forms; and (4) an overall alphabetized word frequency list of colloquial terms and their explanations. From the tables obtained, a list of corrected functional vocabulary was prepared by state and types of speaker. There was an overall variation of 19.4 percent of Appalachian English from the standard English, which led to the conclusion that there is a distinct pattern of linguistic structure in the region. (Author/DB)
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Sponsor: National Center for Educational Research and Development (DHEW/OE), Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Morehead State Univ., KY. Appalachian Adult Basic Education Demonstration Center.