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Southern Speak

posted Aug 24, 2012, 7:40 PM by David Burkhart
Some readers are put off by dialect within the text of the books they read. Others love the "touch" of culture that language offers and claim that local or colloquial "speak" helps them identify certain characters. That might well be, however, in thinking about this, I've started wondering why southern talking is the only English that is captured in dialect within the body of novels and essays. 

Think about it! People in New England have their own peculiar dialect, particularly those native-born to the Boston area. They most always put a "w" in "dog" and an extra "r" in "saw." When I lived in Portland, Oregon it was difficult to understand the native pronunciation of "bear," because it came out "beer." 

I won't bother to think of every area of the country where using dialect would be as appropriate as denoting southern English. Far be it for me to mention the American New York dialect. And, of course, to write in dialect for Americans born in other countries would certainly be considered incorrect - that is politically incorrect. So, tell me why is dialect only used when people below the Mason-Dixon line speak? It's English ya'll.