By Lewis Herman
This average textual content, now in paperback for the 1st time-- the better half quantity to Foreign Dialects-- American Dialects deals consultant dialects of each significant component to the USA. In each one case, a common description and historical past of the dialect is given, by way of an research of vowel and consonant peculiarities, of its person lilt and rhythm, and of its grammar adaptations. There also are lists of the idioms and idiomatic expressions that distinguish each one dialect and workouts utilizing them. American Dialects additionally contains musical inflection charts and diagrams displaying the location of lips, tongue, and breath.
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Actually it is to be found in the states of Maine, New Hampshire (except the mountain area), little more than half of eastern Vermont, the eastern half of Massachusetts, the extreme eastern strip of Connecticut, and Rhode Island. Most of the people in western New England which comprises the western half of Vermont, the western half of Massachusetts, and most of Connecticut speak General-American or a modified form of it. , then turns east to the Worcester Hills, south to Athol, and then swings south to a sound about five miles west of New Sanders, Connecticut.
For our purposes this combination sound will be designated as ''AW,'' but it must be remembered that a rich, full "AW" sound should not be used. If the "u" is spoken far forward in the mouth, the ''AW'' quality will be easily obtained. DRILL WORDS AWp (up) dAWz (does) krAWm (crum) kAWnstibl nAWthin bAWjit kAWntri mAWTHuh hAWntUH (constable) (nothing) (budget) (country) (mother) (hunter) CHARACTER VARIATIONS: If the character to be portrayed is historical and has a Scottish or Irish background, the variant "00" may be used.
DRILL WORDS skOHuhtch (scorch) mOHuh (more) pOHuht (port) fOHuhs (force) mOHuhbid (morbid) kOHuh (core) pOHuhshin (portion) fOHuh (four) shOHuht (short) For words like "fOris" (forest), the following general rule may be applied: WHEN THE GENERAL-AMERICAN '~W" SOUND IS FOLLOWED BY THE SOUND OF "r" PLUS A VOWEL, IT IS COMMONLY CHANGED TO "0" IN THE NEW ENGLAND DIALECT. DRILL WORDS sOri pOrij Orinj (sorry) (porridge) (orange) flOridi: (Florida) hOrid (horrid) Origin (origin) IOril fOrin dOris (laurel) (foreign) (Doris) EXCEPTION: When unstressed, "for" is commonly pronounced as "fUH:' "EE" ..