American Dialect Research: Celebrating the 100th anniversary by Dennis R. Preston

By Dennis R. Preston

Containing all new fabric and released for the yank Dialect Society's centennial social gathering (1889-1989), this quantity bings jointly in a single position, as no formerly released paintings has, present methods to the overall difficulties of language distribution and version. the different chapters provide debts of the way questions are formulated and the way info are accumulated, saved, and intepreted within the a variety of examine traditions of dialectology and sociolinguistics, fairly as they've been conducted through researchers linked to the yankee Dialect Society. extra particularly, this e-book takes journeys to the scholar's laboratory. How is that this paintings performed? What pitfalls in fieldwork, processing, and interpretation were encountered and the way have they been triumph over? What thoughts were used to get on the evidence and underlying reasons of language kind? What does fresh paintings recommend concerning the such a lot profitable parts and strategies for destiny research?

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Pederson (1974) abstracted six minutes of an interview recorded in Wear Valley, Tennessee, in the summer of 1973. It identified 36 LEE PEDERSON segmental phonemes based on phonetic transcription and offered sample texts in phonetics, phonemics, and conventional orthography. The latter text, repeated here in part, identifies informant responses in quotation marks, a few pronunciations in conventional dialect spellings, deleted units in square brackets, and work-sheet items in italics. 'The shotgun's loaded.

You can't eat that neither. You got to watch that. But now how they do that at the stockyard, I don't know. These boars, I don't know what they do. I've asked fellers, and they said they give shots or somethin' anoth­ er. And I've been there. I used to sell a lot of hogs there in [the] East Tennessee Packin' House. And you'd be in there, and you'd see them come in there unloadin' them old sows, you know, and them all swelled up. ' 'There's some kind of processes. Just like people that runs dairies.

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