Shades Of The Departed - December Issue

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appropriate business attire, and you may

possible for you to “pick‐up” new

even have packed your laptop computer. If

variations from each area to add to your

you moved to another area altogether, you

dialect. Most deSinitely, this is simpliSied

probably packed everything but the

logic, but it does demonstrate that a

kitchen sink. However, no matter the

person's dialect can represent where they

reason for packing, did you ever once think

have lived. Maybe it's just a particular word

about packing your dialect, or maybe your

that they use, a particular meaning they

accent? Well, of course you didn't think

assign to a word, a particular way they

about it because it's an intrinsic part of

pronounce a word(s), and/or a particular

yourself. You really can't be totally

word order in a sentence (syntax) that they

separated from it. Moreover, once you got

use, but they are differences that can be

to your destination, were you ever asked,

recorded. Furthermore, if they can be

“Are you from around here?” This

recorded, they can be analyzed, which can

particular question is asked with the

possibly be useful in determining where

implication that you are obviously not from

our ancestors came from, or where they

“here”, and is usually asked after they have

had been. This type of migratory mapping

heard you speak. They probably heard

using linguistics [the study of language

something in your dialect that is different

and/or its structure] can be a useful tool in

from their dialect, but they are not sure

narrowing down the locations of possible

where your dialect is from; they just know

paper trails that our ancestors left while

it's “different.”


However, factors such as you moving away a n d / o r o t h e r s m o v i n g i n t o y o u r

American Tongues Tease

community can help to change your dialect

Take a look at the opening scene from the

and accent over a long period of time. So, if

classic documentary about accents and

you have a series of moves over your

dialects ‐‐ AMERICAN TONGUES by Louis

lifetime and you stayed in each area for a

Alvarez and Andrew Kolker.

signiSicant period of time, it's quite ~ 37 ~