Tennessee push wants state book to cover Appalachian dialect
By JONATHAN MATTISE
The push by Republican Sen. Steve Southerland says Appalachian people are often misrepresented and misunderstood by society, and their dialect is often disparaged.
The resolution counters that Appalachian is a "fully legitimate dialect and most deserving of the respect afforded other dialects of American English."
The resolution links Appalachian linguistics to early influencers. It says a "pone" of cornbread is borrowed from the Native American language Algonquian; having "boo coos" of something links to the French "beaucoup," and that "might could" is a compound helping verb influenced by the Scotch-Irish.
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