Southern Dialects: Talkin' Tar Heel

Southern Dialects: Talkin' Tar Heel

Language can be political, as Yankee politicians quickly find out when giving speeches in the South. We explore the dialects of a changing South -- including North Carolina -- where transplants are influencing the language.

A Southern accent carries many associations, from "Gone With the Wind" Southern charm to country bumpkin. Language can also be political, as Yankee politicians quickly find out when they try to pepper speeches with Southernisms like "y'all." We explore the dialects of a changing South -- including North Carolina -- where transplants are influencing the language.

Guests

Walt Wolfram

Professor of English, North Carolina State University, Director, North Carolina Language and Life Project.

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