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ERIC Number: ED353593
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1992-Apr
Pages: 21
Abstractor: N/A
"Midwestern" English: U.S. and World Perspectives.
Frazer, Timothy C.; Livingston-Webber, Joan
Students of English around the world are commonly taught according to one of two models, "British" English, and "American" English. Indeed, there is a persistent popular myth (present in many linguistics and second-language texts) that a single "Midwestern" variety of American English exists. The usage of the term "Midwest English" can be traced to the political ideology of the Yankees who settled around the Great Lakes region and promoted their dialect as "General American." Scholarship, however, shows that the Yankees' inland northern dialect is, in fact, confined to a small part of that region usually called the Midwest in the United States. The variation patterns of spoken English in this region are very complex. Demographics across the region are also highly complex, and dipthong variations are often extreme. The assumption that this region speaks a single dialect also ignores 60 years of research in dialect geography and urban sociolinguistics. A review of a few of the studies demonstrates that the so-called "Middle Western" part of the United States is home to several varieties of English and is not the linguistic monolith suggested by many handbooks. (HB)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Information Analyses
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A