Western American English


Western American English

The west was the last area in the United States to be reached during the gradual westward expansion of English-speaking settlement and its history shows considerable mixing of the linguistic patterns of other regions. As the settlement populations are relatively young when compared with other regions, Western American English is a dialect area in formation.

Vocabulary

*"buckaroo": cowboy; Anglicization of "vaquero".
*"be all": used as a quotative.
*"be like": quotative; now used throughout the country.
*"hella": adverb; "very"
*"like": filler word; now used throughout the country.

Phonology and phonetics

Local dialects

References

Labov, William, Sharon Ash, and Charles Boberg (2006). The Atlas of North American English. Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter. ISBN 3-11-016746-8

See also

External links

* [http://www.stanford.edu/~eckert/vowels.html California Vowels]
* [http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=1693373 Dr. Eckert's Interview About Northern California Speech]


Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Look at other dictionaries:

  • American English — US English redirects here. For the political organization, see U.S. English (organization). For other uses, see American English (disambiguation). English language prevalence in the United States. Darker shades of blue indicate higher… …   Wikipedia

  • Northern American English — This article is about the variety of the English language spoken in the northern United States. For other uses, see Northern American English (disambiguation). Northern American English (Northern AmE, also rendered as northern American English)… …   Wikipedia

  • Southern American English — Approximate extent of Southern American English, based upon multiple dialect studies.[1][2][3] …   Wikipedia

  • Midland American English — The Midland dialect of American English was first defined by Hans Kurath (A Word Geography of the Eastern United States, 1949) as being the dialect spoken in an area centered on Philadelphia and expanding westward to include most of Pennsylvania… …   Wikipedia

  • North American English — (NAmE, NAE) is the variety of the English language of North America, including that of the United States and Canada. Because of their shared histories[1] and the similarities between the pronunciation, vocabulary and accent of American English… …   Wikipedia

  • Northern American English (disambiguation) — Northern American English may refer to: Northern American English, a variety of American English used in the northern United States, comprising: North Central American English Inland Northern American English General American Western American… …   Wikipedia

  • North American English regional phonology — See also: Regional vocabularies of American English North American English regional phonology is the study of variations in the pronunciation of spoken English by the inhabitants of various parts of North America. North American English can be… …   Wikipedia

  • Inland Northern American English — This map shows the approximate extent of the Northern Cities Vowel Shift, and thus the approximate area where the Inland North dialect predominates. Note that the region surrounding Erie, Pennsylvania, is excluded; the dialect spoken there more… …   Wikipedia

  • Regional vocabularies of American English — vary. Below is a list of lexical differences in vocabulary that are generally associated with a region. A term featured on a list may or may not be found throughout the region concerned, and may or may be not recognized by speakers outside of… …   Wikipedia

  • List of words having different meanings in British and American English: A–L — Differences between American and British English American English …   Wikipedia


Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”

We are using cookies for the best presentation of our site. Continuing to use this site, you agree with this.