Southern Appalachian English from the University of South Carolina


I don’t want to take away from Gabriel’s great story, but I had to post this, which is a nifty resource for hearing Appalachian speech (if you don’t already live there or don’t hear it regularly).

Welcome to this website on the speech of one of America’s most often misunderstood regions – southern and central Appalachia, which stretches from north Georgia to West Virginia. It’s been romanticized as the language of Shakespeare, and it’s been caricatured, ridiculed, and dismissed as uneducated, bad grammar, or worse. But too rarely has it been appreciated for what it is: the native speech of millions of Americans that has a distinctive history and that makes Appalachia what it is just as sure as the region’s music does.

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