Dialect of Southern Appalachia

Scope: 

This pathfinder is designed with the hope that others who have an interest in Southern Appalachian dialect will be able to derive positive information from its structure. There is a distinct line between scholarly research and "humorous" research on this topic and even in scholarly research the reader needs to be aware of a sometimes condescending tone.

Introductory Text: 

Christain, Donna and Walt Wolfram. Appalachian Speech . Arlington, Virginia: The Center for Applied Linguistics. 1976. ASU APP COLL PE2970.A6 W64 l976 c.2

Library of Congress Subject Headings: 
  • English Language - Dialects - Appalachian Region - Southern
  • English Language - Appalachian Region
  • English Language - Dialects -- Appalachian Region
  • English Language - Dialects - Southern States
  • English Language - Provincialism - Kentucky
  • English Language - Provincialism - North Carolina
  • Americanisms - Appalachian Region - Southern
  • Americanisms - Southern States
  • English Language - Provincialism - Appalachian Region - Southern
  • Appalachian Region - Southern
  • English Language - Dialects - Alabama
  • English Language - Dialects - Georgia
  • English Language - Dialects - Kentucky
  • English Language - Dialects - North Carolina
  • English Language - Dialects - Tennessee
  • English Language - Dialects - West Virginia
Clipping Files Subject Headings - W.L. Eury Appalachian Collection: 
  • Dialect
Library of Congress Call Numbers: 
  • PE 2970
  • PE 3l0l
  • PE 2926
  • F 2l7.A65
Books: 

Fischer, David. Albion's Seed . New York: Oxford University Press. 1989. 256- 257, 471, 652-655. ASU APP COLL El69.l.F539 v.l.

Kephart, Horace. Our Southern Highlanders . New York: Outing Publishing co. 19l3. 350-378. ASU APP COLL F2l0.K38.

McCrum, Robert, William Cran, and Robert MacNeil. The Story of English . New York: Elisabeth Sifton Books Viking. 1986. 157, l59 - l6l. ASU Main Stacks PEl075.M58 l986.

Montgomery, Michael. "The Roots of Appalachian English: Scotch - Irish or British Southern?" Journal of the Appalachian Studies Association . 3 (1999) 171-8l ASU APP COLL F2l7.A65 J68.

Williams, Cratis D. "Mountain Speech." Mountain Life and Work . Boone: Appalachian State University. 1961-64. ASU APP COLL PE2970.A6W54 c.3.

Wolfram, Walt and Donna Christian. Appalachian Speech . Arlington, Virginia: Center for Applied Linguistics. 1976. ASU APP COLL PE 2970.A6 W64 1976 c.2.

Farwell, Harold, Jr. and J. Karl Nicholas. Editors. Smoky Mountain Voices: A
Lexicon of Southern Appalachian Speech Based on the Research of Horace Kephart
. Lexington, Kentucky: The University Press of Kentucky. 1993. ASU APP COLL PE2970.A6 F37 1993.

Cavender, Anthony. Editor. A Folk Medical Lexicon of South Central Appalachia . Johnson City, Tennessee: East Tennessee State University. 1990. ASU APP COLL PE 2970.A6 F64 l990.

Edwards, Dorothy. The Dialect of the Southern Highlander as Recorded in North
Carolina Novels
. Rochester, New York: The University of Rochester. 1935. ASU APP COLL PE3l0l.N76 E l99.

Hackenberg, Robert Gregory. Appalachian English: A Sociolinguistic Study . Georgetown University, Washington D.C. 1973. ASU APP COLL MicF 264.

Christian, Donna. Aspects of Verb Usage in Appalachian Speech . Georgetown University, Washington, D.C. ASU APP COLL MicF 240.

Guides, Encyclopedias, and Dictionaries: 

The following encyclopedias and dictionaries contain information on Southern Appalachian Dialect:

Ferris, William and Reagan Wilson. Encyclopedia of Southern Culture . Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press. 1989. 769-69. ASU Reference F209 E53 1989.

Hendrickson, Robert. Mountain Range . New York: Facts on File. 1997. ASU APP COLL Stacks PE 29770A6 H46 l997.

Roller, David C. and Robert W. Twyman. Encyclopedia of Southern History . Baton Rouge, Louisiana: Louisiana State University Press. 1979. 359-61. ASU Reference F207.7 E52.

Bibliographies: 

Appalachian Bibliography . West Virginia University Library. Morganton, West Virginia. 1980. 577-583. ASU Reference Z1251A6 1980.

Ross, Charlotte. Editor. Bibliography of Southern Appalachia . Boone, NC: Appalachian Consortium. 1976. 77. APP COLL Zl251.A7B5x.

Abstracts and Indices: 

An Index by Region, Usage, & Etymology to the Dictionary of American Regional English . Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. 1993. ASU Reference PE 2843.D52 l995.

Journals: 

Now and Then: The Appalachian Magazine . Bound: v.1, Fall 1984 - Current. ASU APP COLL F2l7.A65 N68.

Appalachian Journal: A Regional Studies Review . Bound: v.1 - 1972 -Current. ASU APP COLL F2l6.2.A66.

Journal of Appalachian Studies . Bound: v.1 - 1995. ASU APP COLL F2l7.A65 J 68.

Mountain Life and Work . Bound: v.7, 11-13, 15;v.30, 1957 - v.64, 1988. Microfilm v.1, 1915-v 51, 1976. ASU APP COLL GR103.M5.

Websites: 

American Dialect Society: www.americandialect.org
Center for Applied Linguistics: www.cal.org
Linguistic Society of America: www.lsa@lsadc.org

Other Sources: 

Southern Appalachian Mountains - North Carolina/South Carolina State Line

Compiled by: 

Compiler : Connie Jones Aiken, 11 November 2002