Listen: How To Speak With A Certain Southern Twang

Jun 9, 2014

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"Hain't dat white rice over yonder a-sittin' sigogglin'?"

That sentence is mostly non-sense, but it's also tells a quick and fascinating history of the Appalachian dialect.

Listen to our Eric Mennel take a lesson in Appalachian-speak from NC State linguist Walt Wolfram. (The lesson takes under two minutes.)

In addition to teaching hapless reporters about language and accents, Walt Wolfram collects audio and video of accents from around the state through his North Carolina Language and Life Project.