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1 Nonmainstream Dialects in Louisiana What makes a person sound . . . ± African-American? ± White? ± Cajun? ± The study of dialect addresses these questions. What is dialect? ± A dialect is defined as any language variety that is shared by a group of people. ± Dialects are systematic and inherent to the process of language acquisition. ± Dialect connotates non-Standard or nonmainstream.
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2 What factors affect dialect? ± Speaker internal factors: gender, race, age, social network, etc. ± Speaker external factors: conversational partner, discussion genre, linguistic context, etc. Prominent Nonmainstream Dialects in LA ± African American English (AAE) ± Southern White English (SWE) ± Cajun English (CE) Dialect Features ± Dialect features can be morphosyntactic or phonological. ± Some features are stereotypical, while others are barely noticeable. ± What are some stereotypical dialect patterns in AAE, SWE, CE?
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3 Are these dialect features mutually exclusive? ± NO!!
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This note was uploaded on 12/01/2011 for the course COMD 2050 taught by Professor Collins during the Fall '08 term at LSU.

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