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  • Change In The English Language
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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...
  • Dialect Of The Minnesota Iron Range
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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 ...
  • Part Hawaiian And Part Scottish
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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...
  • American And British English
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    American English and British English are two main language subgroups of contemporary English. These subgroups have diverged some three hundred years ago. Today, there are present differences in pronunciation of vowels, some grammar differences like the u sage of the verb to have in the question. However, the main difference is in the vocabulary. The main reasons that caused these differences are the fact that British English has changed since that time, while the American has not. Then, there is...
  • Dialect Geography A Kind Of Linguistic Archaeology
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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...

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