• Dialects In American Literature
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    Dialects in American Literature In the late 19 th and early 20 th centuries dialect was not common in American Literature. Writers who attempted to accurately capture American dialect and slang often failed to make it believable. In my essay, "Dialects in American Literature," I will compare and contrast three writers who used dialect in their writings and explain the difference between effective and ineffective use of dialect. The writers I will be discussing are Mark Twain, Bret Harte, and Wil...
  • Social Status Story Twain Frog
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    Use of Customs, Dialect and Social Status In "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" Mark Twain's "The Notorious Jumping Frog of Calaveras County" is a short story with the lesson that what goes around comes around. In this short story, which first appeared in 1856 and his first successful story, Twain uses local customs of the time, dialect, and examples of social status in his story to create a realistic view of the region in which the story takes place. The way that the characters be...
  • Ebonics Standard English
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    EBONICS Ebonics, also known as Black English, is a nonstandard dialect spoken in many homes in the inner cities of America. This nonstandard language is often looked upon as low-class or lazy talk. This is not the case, however. Due to consistencies found in the dialect, there seems to be an order. It has been found that, when learning English, African-Americans adapted the language using some of the structure and rules of their own native tongue. This Black English has carried on through slaver...
  • Traditional Dialect Negro Folk Poetry
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    Excerpts From James Weldon Johnson's Preface To The 1931 Edition Of The Book Of American Negro Poetry The statement made in the original preface regarding the limitations of Negro dialect as a poetic medium has, it may be said, come to be regarded as more or less canonical. It is as sound today as when it was written ten years ago; and its implications are more apparent. It calls for no modifications, but it can well be amplified here. The passing of traditional dialect as a medium for Negro poe...
  • Range Dialect Education English Minnesota
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    Fall 1998 Minnesota Iron Range Dialect I am a Minnesotan. I have lived here all my life and may continue to do so. Stereotype me: The 10 o'clock news is my window dressing for the 10 o'clock weather (Mohr, 9). You betcha it is. Yah. I wouldn't want you to think that I'm not happy here-it could be worse. Lute fisk... umm, my favorite. Are you close; is this representative of myself and most my fellow Minnesotans Forgive us, but this is slightly, no this is completely ludicrous. For these and all...
  • Pidgin Dialect Of English Spoken On The Hawaiian Islands
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    Pidgin: Dialect of English Spoken on the Hawaiian Islands Pidgin is a dialect of English spoken in the Hawaiian Islands. It consists of the shortening of many words commonly used in everyday English speech. Some examples include, da (the), odd a (other), Tre (meaning tree and three), bra (anyone you know), da kine (anything you don't know), cut (any friend), and many others. Pidgin has it's social barriers as well. It is primarily spoken in the lower class neighborhoods consisting of the Hawaiia...
  • Native Language English Settlers Indigenous
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    The divergence of local culture is apt to occur. With this enculturation a new language or dialect of language often is born. This paper will discuss the factors which cause language to change. It will focus on the development of "New-Englishes." What are "New-Englishes"? They develop from areas, which have been in contact with an English-speaking colony the process involves five main steps Foundation, Exo normative Stabilization, Nativization, Endo normative Stabilization, and finally different...
  • Regionalism And Humor In Huck Finn
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    Effective message through dialect, regionalism, and humor in Mark Twains The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Some writers use dialect, regionalism, and humor in their literary works to enhance their themes. Mark Twains ability to write in the vernacular allows him to capitalize on humor and dialect. In the novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, the author conveys an effective message through dialect, regionalism, and humor in southern culture. No one in the early days of Clemen...
  • Langston Huge's Poem Mother To Son
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    On the road of life, many trials arise that one must overcome to make his or her life feel complete. In Langston Hughes's poem, "Mother to Son," these trials are a subject of concern for one mother. Hughes' "ability to project himself" is seen in his use of dialect, metaphors, and tone. Although the dialect by itself does not seem to be an important quality, however, "when it is presented with all dramatic skill", it is important. In "Mother to Son", Hughes uses dialect to show that the mother i...
  • Dialect Geography Dialects Linguistic Survey
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    Chambers and Trudgill have called dialect geography 'a kind of linguistic archaeology'. Is this fair or accurate? Since the early days of dialectological research, many of its practitioners have been at least partly concerned that it should be historical in its approach. By this we mean that dialect geography (the study of regional variations of phonetic and syntactic aspects of speech) should look to the past, and to older living speakers, for analysis. The philologist Alexander J. Ellis was ve...
  • Language Autobiography People English Speak
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    Language Autobiography Language is used all over the world. It is a very important part of our every day lives. In the British Isles alone there are sixty million native speakers. In America, there are 70% of native speakers and most countries use English as a 2 nd or 3 rd language. About 300 years ago America had to choose between German or English as their 1 st language. The country chose English, but added their own words and changed the accent. For example instead of using 'rubbish bin', Am...
  • The Life Of Paul Lawrence Dunbar
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    Dunbar's Poetry Paul Laurence Dunbar was born on June 27, 1872 to former slaves, who had relocated Dayton Ohio. Dunbar was the editor of his high school news paper which was exceptional, considering he was the only African-American enrolled at the school. He went on to become the first African-American poet of national recognition. Throughout his life he maintained an active roll in politics and along with, Booker T. Washington and W. E. B Dubois raised money for the black college, Tuskegee Ins...