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The Myths and Realities of Appalachian Englishes

Have you ever heard someone say that people from the Appalachian Mountains sound like Shakespeare? Or maybe you’ve been told that the language spoken there is frozen in time? Dr. Jennifer Cramer, associate professor and chair of linguistics at the University of Kentucky, will address misconceptions about the linguistic varieties employed by Appalachians, which have hidden the vibrant and dynamic nature of their language and helped to perpetuate the idea that speakers of these dialects are old-fashioned and backward. This talk examines the myths and realities surrounding Appalachian Englishes by providing evidence that these varieties, like all others, are constantly changing.


Thursday, November 7, 2019 at 5:00pm

Wilks Conference Center
1601 University Boulevard, Hamilton, OH 45011

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Lectures & Presentations

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Students, Faculty & Staff, Alumni, General Public

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Arts & Humanities, Diversity & Inclusion


Appalachian Studies


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Jasmin Tashaye Colyer

Jasmin Tashaye Colyer left a positive review 11/6/2019

Very good information about a topic that I knew very little about and didn’t realize I was interested in until I read the lecture title. I walked away with a new understanding and appreciation of the Appalachian dialect and it’s place within American society. The Dr. was a very good speaker!

Dr. Whitney Womack Smith

Dr. Whitney Womack Smith left a positive review 11/6/2019

This was a very interesting, well-attended lecture! It drew many community members to campus and led to lively conversations!

Ms. Rhonda Rose

Ms. Rhonda Rose left a positive review 11/6/2019

I really enjoyed this talk and the food was great.