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Lin 200 February 4, 2010 Northeastern Dialects
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Prescriptive vs Descriptive Prescriptive Grammar- Deals with what is 'good' or 'bad' grammar, based upon rules made up by grammarians. For instance, don't use no double negatives, or it's not good to carelessly split infinitives. Descriptive Grammar- Deals with describing how a language (or dialect) is spoken by people. Linguists deal with descriptive grammar.
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New England Dialects Eastern New England Maine New Hampshire Eastern MA Western New England Vermont CT RI (somewhat) Western MA Source: http://www.ling.upenn.edu/phono_a tlas/maps/MapsNE/Map1NE.html
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Eastern New England Dialect Often synonymous with “Boston Accent” Well known for r-dropping 'cah' [ka:] for 'car' Less well known for r-insertion 'lawr and order' , 'idear' (idea) Low back merger No cot/caught distinction
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R-dropping is a feature of many American and British dialects Dialects where R-dropping occurs are called non-rhotic dialects. It differs dialect to dialect in vowels used
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This note was uploaded on 02/14/2010 for the course LIN 200 taught by Professor Julia during the Spring '10 term at SUNY Stony Brook.

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