about Appalachian English
Appalachian English: (app-ah-la-chi-'an) ~ (n1) A form, or dialect of English, partially Elizabethan, spoken in the Southern Appalachians. (n2) The indigenous culture of Carolinian English found in the Piedmont, Appalachian and the up-state of South Carolina (n3) English, a form of billiard style where the player uses the tip end of the queue to spin the cue ball in order to reverse the angle in which the shot is impacted ...
Apppalachian English is a real course of study in America and is the focus of numerous rumors and myths. The language of Appalachia has been alternately lauded as pure and unadulterated Elizabethan English and condemned as a lazy and ungrammatical corruption of modern American English. Both these accounts are far from the truth - although Appalachian students cannot read Shakespeare with any greater ease than students from Texas or Vermont, Appalachian English is a full-fledged language with rules of discourse, pragmatics, phonology, and syntax. For over a century, researchers have studied the music, folklore, and speech of communities in the Appalachian Mountain region, which stretches from Mississippi to New York State. The group of related dialects known as Appalachian English are spoken primarily by communities in the central and southern portions of historical Appalachia, stretching from northern Alabama to southern Pennsylvania.
While Appalachian English is not a perfectly preserved remnant of Shakespearean language, it does preserve many forms which have been lost in Standard English. Similarly, Standard English preserves forms which have been lost in Appalachian English.
~Appalachian State English Department
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