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The characteristic sounds of Baltimorese: and the prevalence of this insignificant  American accent
Stockholm University, Faculty of Humanities, Department of English.
2011 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

Most linguists agree that if you speak a language you also speak a dialect or variety of that language. In American English there is a vast number of both; some that are quite well known because of the extensive research done on them, and some that few people know of due to the lack of interest in them. Baltimorese is one of these latter dialects, spoken in a contained area around the city of Baltimore, Maryland. It is a dialect that is so obscure it has hardly been researched; a dialect with a derivation that, to this day, is still unknown. The peculiar accent of Baltimorese has a variety of interesting phonological constituents, one which is non-existent in other American accents. This essay determines what some of these constituents are, along with the inquiry if this dialect, like so many others, is on the verge of dying out. 

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American dialects, Mid-Atlantic dialects, sound change, dialect death.
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URN: urn:nbn:se:su:diva-58315OAI: diva2:420085
2011-05-23, 23:57 (English)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2011-08-18 Created: 2011-05-30 Last updated: 2011-08-18Bibliographically approved

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