Morphosyntactic Variation in American Regional Dialects by Christine Mayers

Morphosyntactic Variation in American Regional Dialects

byChristine Mayers

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Seminar paper from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Linguistics, grade: 1,3, University of Bayreuth, 7 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: This term paper will provide a geographical overview of the main dialect regions of the United States and primarily focus on morphosyntactic variations in American regional dialects that can be found in the United States. Present regional dialects of the U.S. reflect the experiences of explorers and settlers on the Atlantic Seaboard, of Western pioneers who followed them, and of late immigrants who enriched the society as they moved across the country. The dialects echo cultural relations of American geography. There are five coastal centers which most American dialects developed from during the Westward Movement: Philadelphia, Boston, Tidewater Virginia, Charleston and Richmond. Settlement patterns are measured to be one of the most influential factors in explaining dialect regions. Considering social, physical, and linguistic geography, modern dialect study suggests four major dialect areas in the United States: Northern, Midland, Southern, and Western. These regions can be subdivided further into smaller dialect regions. The settlement pattern of early settlers and the history of regional dialects will be discussed in section 2 of this paper. I will further give a geographical overview of the major dialect regions before I will look closer at the morphosyntactic features the dialects have in common and the differences that set them apart from each other. Although morphosyntactic variations in American dialects are the main focus of this term paper, I will, nevertheless, consider the influence of social factors when it comes to dialects. Often it is not clear to find out what kind of variations are due to regional or social factors. Information and thoughts on this issue will be presented in the conclusion of this work.

Title:Morphosyntactic Variation in American Regional DialectsFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:March 17, 2007Publisher:GRIN PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3638626369

ISBN - 13:9783638626361