Sunday, February 20, 2005

Chesapeake Bay Dialects Dying

"Almost 50 percent of the region's residents were born in a state other than the one where they live, which is more than other big cities and close to twice the national average. Linguistically, that means 'nobody really has any idea what Washington, D.C., is,' said David Bowie, a linguistics professor at the University of Central Florida. "

I used to hate growing up in a civil servant suburb of Washington, D.C.:, but in Taiwan, any regional dialect would be held against me. My indistinguishable American accent, rightly or wrongly, positions me perfectly for teaching here. This article explores the deterioration of regional dialects in the region.