Ozark English

Ozark English

Ozark English is a dialect of American English, spoken in the Ozark Mountain region of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri, that is more closely related to Appalachian English than to the North Midland and South Midland dialects of the surrounding regions.[1] Its distinctive features include phonological idiosyncrasies (many of which it shares with Appalachian English);[2] certain syntactic patterns, such as the use of for to, rather than to, before infinitives in some constructions;[3] and a number of lexical peculiarities.[4]


  1. ^ Linda L. Blanton, "Southern Appalachia: Social Considerations of Speech", in J. L. Dillard, Toward a Social History of American English (Berlin: Mouton, 1985), p. 83
  2. ^ A. Lynn Williams, Speech Disorders: Resource Guide for Preschool Children (Clifton Park: Thomson/Delmar, 2003), p. 43
  3. ^ Alison Henry, Belfast English and Standard English: Dialect Variation and Parameter Setting (New York: Oxford UP, 1995), p. 81
  4. ^ Vance Randolph, "More Words from the Ozarks", Dialect Notes 5.10 (1927), p. 472

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