ERIC Number: ED081000
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1972
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Indiana Dialects in Their Historical Setting.
The 25 communities that were chosen for the Indiana portion of the Linguistic Atlas of the United States project were selected in part to provide coverage of an area but in some instances because of their early settlement, location on a migration route, or geographical features. Data were collected by means of a questionnaire which contained several hundred items carefully selected to draw out features of vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar as the fieldworker engaged the informant in easy and natural conversation. These "worksheets" are periodically revised and reflect new items as well as the passing away of others. Not only were responses transcribed phonetically on the spot but interviews were also tape-recorded to insure phonetic accuracy. Informants were natives of their community and representative of particular social and age groups within that community--nearly half were either high school or college educated, providing a considerable body of information concerning differences in folk, common, and cultivated speech. Chapters are divided by the historical context of Hoosier speech, the dialect areas of Indiana, some aspects of the speech of young informants, and some comments on the pronunciation of English in Indiana. Appended are several dialect maps of Indiana. (HOD)
Descriptors: Area Studies, Descriptive Linguistics, Dialect Studies, Grammar, North American English, Pronunciation, Regional Dialects, Speech Habits, Vocabulary
Charles D. Blaney, Executive Secy., Indiana Council of Teachers of English, Div. of Extended Services, Indiana State Univ., Terre Haute, Ind. 47809 ($2.00)
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Authoring Institution: Indiana Council of Teachers of English, Terre Haute.