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Nonmainstream_Dialects_in_Louisiana111.24

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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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