*Co-written with Elliot Crumpley.
The Collaborative for Multilingual Writing and Research (CMWR) held a workshop on October 3 focusing on American dialects. To this you might ask yourself… “Really? American dialects?” The answer is, of course.
The average native speaker of American English is aware of dialects in a general way – we know that someone from Louisiana sounds a lot different than someone from South Dakota. These differences are sometimes a source of amusement but not really a hindrance for native speakers. Native speakers develop a general sense of how people sound and what to expect in the language of different regions. For a non-native speaker of American English however, the varied and sometimes conflicting linguistic identities that exist in the United States can be a source of confusion. (more…)