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Talking Appalachian

Voice, Identity, and Community

Amy D. Clark (Editor), Nancy M. Hayward (Editor)


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Tradition, community, and pride are fundamental aspects of the history of Appalachia, and the language of the region is a living testament to its rich heritage. Despite the persistence of unflattering stereotypes and cultural discrimination associated with their style of speech, Appalachians have organized to preserve regional dialects-complex forms of English peppered with words, phrases, and pronunciations unique to the area and its people. Talking Appalachian examines these distinctive speech.

University Press of Kentucky, 9780813140964, 274pp.

Publication Date: August 29, 2014

About the Author

Amy D. Clark is professor of English and co-director of the Center for Appalachian Studies at the University of Virginia's College at Wise.Nancy M. Hayward is professor emeritus of English at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania.