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By Lewis Herman

This usual textual content, now in paperback for the 1st time-- the spouse quantity to Foreign Dialects-- American Dialects deals consultant dialects of each significant element of the us. In each one case, a common description and heritage of the dialect is given, by means of an research of vowel and consonant peculiarities, of its person lilt and rhythm, and of its grammar adaptations. There also are lists of the idioms and idiomatic expressions that distinguish each one dialect and routines utilizing them. American Dialects additionally comprises musical inflection charts and diagrams exhibiting the situation of lips, tongue, and breath.

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Not all Americans use the glottal stop, and the majority of those who do are unaware of its presence. ). In informal, rapid speech it is frequently used to replace final "t;' as in, "THuh hAl wUHz gAWn" (The hat was gone); and "hEEz IOWI frUI" (He's out front). It is also commonly used to replace the first two letters of the verb "can" ("/ng") when this verb is unstressed, as in, "I Ing gOH" (I can go). It may be used before "In" (and), as in, "In THEHn" (and then). The actor should learn to recognize this sound if he uses it.

UH" " .. as in "alone;' "final;' "sofa;' etc. In the rural speech of eastern New England, the initial unstressed syllable is usually dropped, as in "bAoot" (about), "lAood" (allowed), and "kAoont" (account). " The medial unstressed syllable may also be dropped, as in "fAHinli" (finally). ' Although the change of final, unstressed "UH" to "i:" was found in many New England districts, it was, and still is, particularly in rural areas, especially common in the eastern half, as in "sOHdi:" (soda), "AHidi:" (idea), and "hi:ldi:" (Hilda).

This variant may also be used for older rural characters of the twentieth century. "AW" .... as in "off:' "cough:' "soft:' etc. When the General-American "AW" sound is spelled with "0:' it is usually pronounced as "0" in the New England dialect. 32 American Dialects DRILL WORDS Of (off) kOf (cough) Oft (soft) bOstin lOst klOth (Boston) (lost) (cloth) kOfi lOng dOg (coffee) (long) (dog) VARIATION: Modern New Englanders are tending toward the use of ''AW;' especially those in western New England.

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