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ERIC Number: ED061197
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1969
Pages: 149
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A Phonological and Lexical Study of the Speech of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama.
Foley, Lawrence Mason
This study examines the lexical and phonological features in the speech of 27 native informants of Tuscaloosa County, Alabama which show distinctive regional or social distribution. The questionnaire used in the study is based on the short work sheets of the Linguistic Atlas of the United States and Canada, and the methodology is similar to that of other Linguistic Atlas studies. The investigation of the lexicon shows that it is composed primarily of Midland and Southern terms. General Midland features are found at all social levels, but distinctive South Midland terms are largely restricted to White usage, the Negro informants showing a preference for competing Southern terms. The distinctive Southern features are usually those characteristic of the South as a whole or of the Inland South; Coastal Southern features are rare. Finally, Northern terms occur primarily in educated usage and are apparently the result of literary or commercial influence. Therefore, it is concluded that the vocabulary of the county characterizes it as a part of the Southern and South Midland transition area. The conclusion based on the phonological data are general in accord with those for the lexical evidence. Northern, North Midland, and Coastal Southern features are rare, although Coastal Southern features show a slight increase among the Negro informants. The predominant influence is clearly from the Inland South and the South Midland, but it is difficult to assess their contributions separately. (Author/CK)
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Identifiers - Location: Alabama