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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)
Reply From: Elizabeth J Pyatt      click here to access email
Date: 12-Dec-2013
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  1. Re: 1880s Roane County dialect examples    Madalena Cruz-Ferreira     (14-Dec-2013)

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