American Dialects: A Manual for Actors, Directors, and by Lewis Herman

By Lewis Herman

This usual 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 of the USA. In each one case, a normal description and background of the dialect is given, via an research of vowel and consonant peculiarities, of its person lilt and rhythm, and of its grammar diversifications. There also are lists of the idioms and idiomatic expressions that distinguish each one dialect and workouts utilizing them. American Dialects additionally comprises musical inflection charts and diagrams displaying the location of lips, tongue, and breath.

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A final "t" is generally pronounced by all when it precedes an initial vowel word. In learning the New England dialect, or any other regional American dialect, it must be remembered that this is not a foreign language, but one of the many variants of American speech. In the following section on "Vowel Changes:' the explanations should be carefully studied before practicing the drill words. For example, under the "V" of "up" it will be noticed that although the symbol is given as ''AW,'' a full, rich ''AW'' is not indicated.

Its use is inconsistent, being generally found in "hUuhl" (whole) but seldom in "hOH1" (hole), in "stUuhn" (stone) but not in "tOHn" (tone); therefore, no absolute rule can be given. " REGIONAL VARIATION: In rural areas of Connecticut, the glide "uh" is often dropped and only the "U" is used, as in "hUm" (home). EXCEPTION: When the General-American "OH" sound is final and spelled "ow;' it should be changed to "UH" for an historical or modern rural character, as in "wi:dUH" (widow). "0" .. as in "bond:' "hot:' "stop:' etc.

There is a dryness that almost crackles. " For the New England dialect, the glottal stop should not be as rich or as strong as it is in Scottish, unless, of course, the character is historical with permanent Scottish background. ' A reaction against the use of the glottal stop resulted in a distinct and precise pronunciation of "t" by many New Englanders. A final "t" is generally pronounced by all when it precedes an initial vowel word. In learning the New England dialect, or any other regional American dialect, it must be remembered that this is not a foreign language, but one of the many variants of American speech.

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