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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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