AppLit Resources on Appalachian Dialects

By Stephanie Humphries


About These Pages

Some Features of Appalachian Dialects

Bibliography on Appalachian Dialects

Bibliography on Cherokee Language

Arguments in Support of Integrating Minority Dialect Literature into the Curriculum

Questionnaire on Linguistic Attitudes and Literature

Send it to the Crick: A Student's Reflection on Dialect Differences

Depictions of Language Change and Dialect Diversity in Children's Books
Essay by Tina L. Hanlon

Analysis of Dialect in Appalachian Children's Books:

Missing May - fiction

Waiting to Waltz: A Childhood - poetry

Smoky Mountain Rose:  An Appalachian Cinderella - folktale adaptation

Exercise on Appalachian Language in Jack and the Three Sillies - folktale

Wheel of Fantasy:  Game on Language in The Jack Tales - folktales

Teaching Four "Jack" Books includes an activity on illustrating picturesque speech in folktales.

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About These Dialect Pages:


These pages on dialect were initiated as a result of the Appalachian College Association's Web-Based Research Workshop on Appalachian Studies, held May 14-19, 2000, at Ferrum College. They were revised in 2001-2 as part of the Ferrum College project Teaching Appalachian Literature, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities. (Contact Tina L. Hanlon for information on this project or editorial questions or suggestions for these page. She has revised these pages since 2002.)


The purpose of these pages is to provide a forum for everyone with a serious interest in Appalachian dialects. Because the study of dialects cuts across disciplines, the focus of these pages is interdisciplinary. However, this site does not strive to cover all areas of education, linguistics or other subject areas. Instead, the focus is decidedly Appalachian.


The author of these pages on dialect, Stephanie Humphries, is a native of the Appalachian region in Virginia. After studying English Language and Literature at the University of Virginia, working in publications and teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in Bulgaria with the Peace Corps, Ms. Humphries earned her M. A. in Linguistics at Ohio University. For her thesis, she investigated the dialect of a village in the Appalachian region of southeastern Ohio. Based on this work, she supports the concept of a "Transappalachian" dialect area and has become interested in historical studies of Appalachian speech and migration patterns. Ms. Humphries was a consultant for the project Teaching Appalachian Literature at Ferrum College in 2000-2001. In 2001-2002, she worked as a Fullbright lecturer in Moldova.

Stephanie Humphries discussing features of Appalachian dialects at
Teaching Appalachian Literature NEH Workshop, July 2001, Ferrum College

Photo by Lana Whited

This page created May 2001. Last update: 4/29/19
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