Language

The Two-Way
4:54 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

Y'all Keep Talking: Lab Scratches 'Southern Accent Reduction' Course

Originally published on Tue July 29, 2014 6:04 pm

Government scientists can speak Southern after all.

Oak Ridge National Laboratory has announced that in response to complaints from staff, it's canceling plans to hold a six-week "Southern Accent Reduction" course, the Knoxville News Sentinel reports.

Officials at the scientific complex in east Tennessee said they had only been responding to an employee request. They've now responded to the anger of offended workers.

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Arts & Culture
3:52 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Listen: How To Speak With A Certain Southern Twang

Credit Gerry Dincher / Flickr/Creative Commons

"Hain't dat white rice over yonder a-sittin' sigogglin'?"

That sentence is mostly non-sense, but it's also tells a quick and fascinating history of the Appalachian dialect.

Listen to our Eric Mennel take a lesson in Appalachian-speak from NC State linguist Walt Wolfram. (The lesson takes under two minutes.)

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The State of Things
11:26 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Talkin' Tar Heel

A Book Exploring North Carolina's Dialect Diversity

    

For more than 20 years, researchers at North Carolina State University have collected interviews exploring the rich diversity of dialects in North Carolina. 

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