Archives: Appalachia

Appalachian language and other myths about the region

September 12, 2018 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: grammar, history, journalism, writing.

You’ve probably heard this rural legend (as opposed to urban legend): The people of Appalachia speak a dialect of English that harkens back to the English of Chaucer; it’s older even than the English of Shakespeare. No, they don’t. Just as everyone else’s English has done, the English of rural Appalachia has constantly evolved and • Read More »

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Jean Ritchie: 60-plus years of contributions to American music and culture

November 29, 2017 | By Jim Stovall | No Comments | Filed in: journalism, Women writers and journalists.

If you play the dulcimer, you owe Jean Ritchie a debt of thanks. If you have heard a dulcimer, seen one — or even know what one is, Jean Ritchie is the person responsible. Ritchie died in 2015 at the age of 92 (her birthday is Dec. 8, 1922), and she is known to many • Read More »

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