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|Subject:||1880s Roane County dialect examples|
|Question:||I am preparing for a role of a character that lived in the late 1800s in Roane County, Tennessee. My search for sound resources has come up dry, and I am afraid I may not be knowledgeable enough about your search system to know the search terms that might bring up an already answered question. At least I was not able to come up with any that brought up anything. I am hoping to find video or audio files of accents that may help me give an authentic performance. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.|
|Reply:||I can tell you the following Roane County is in the Appalachians, so the accent will probably be a Southern Appalachian accent The late 1800s wasn't so long ago, so you could probably base your dialect on recordings of the Southern Appalachian/Smokies accent, especially if the character is supposed to be working class. The older the speaker, the closer to the late 1800s the a accent will be. See the following for more information: http://ncsu.edu/linguistics/ncllp/dialectquiz.php (Southern Highlands) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03iwAY4KlIU (Mountain Talk Clip) http://www.talkingnc.com/ (Mountain Talk) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03iwAY4KlIU|
|Reply From:||Elizabeth J Pyatt click here to access email|