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“The most beautiful voice in the world is that of an educated Southern woman.”
The first time I met my in-laws, my boyfriend (now husband) and I arrived at their house very tired after traveling 15 hours straight from Mississippi to Illinois. My father-in-law, upon meeting me, stated, “I’m really disappointed.” I was taken aback by it and didn’t quite know what to think. After a pause, he said that I didn’t have an accent. He expected and wanted to hear a different dialect than the one I have.
Dialects are the broad term that encompasses the syntax, morphology and semantic properties of an area’s language. For example, a dialect could employ the use of double negatives, a certain word choice to refer to an item like I talked about on Day 6 of this series or perhaps what influences helped form the dialect. An accent is how words are pronounced and is one component of a person’s dialect.
Dialects in the South are numerous and vary by locale, race, socioeconomic background and influence from a person’s exposure to others who speak differently. Doodlebug and I make an attempt at trying to make sense of it all on the video. However, if you’re really curious about dialects, I found these great articles here and here that I think you’ll find very interesting.
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What is your favorite dialect?
“When they heard this sound, a crowd came together in bewilderment, because each one heard them speaking in his own language.” Acts 2:6 NIV Bible