I began this site because I love dialects.
I believe English is getting more diverse, rather than less. I likewise believe the internet makes us increasingly aware of differences in pronunciation, word choice and grammar. With this in mind, I dedicate this site to the following:
- Obsessives. Millions of people obsess over dialects. Language consumes us. It is the core of what it means to be human. Dialects remind us of the staggering diversity and beauty of humanity.
- Actors and theatre people. I began my dialects journey as an actor. Even for a language geek like myself, accents are a challenge. Some productions are lucky enough to have a dialect coach. Many aren’t. I hope to help fill that void as much as possible.
- Linguists. I am not a PhD, but I appreciate the expertise and spirited debate of academics. I don’t intend to be a cavalier pseudoscientist, hawking feeble original research. I welcome feedback from professors.
- The downright curious. I’ve found that dialects come up in conversation constantly. Have you ever heard a strange accent on a TV show and wondered where the actor is from? Have you ever debated whether or not an accent in a movie is “authentic”? This site is for you.
Dialect Blog is about the future of a language and the wonderful people who speak it.
hi- love your site! I live in Alabama, and I’m always been fascinated with the different dialects you can find in my state alone. They tell you so much about the person you meet- you can often tell the area of the state they come from, sometimes even a specific city. (up in Fort Payne, AL, they have a “twang” that you don’t hear anywhere else-). I’m also interested in the origin of the some of the phrases they use that are particular to the south. I wish I had realized how individual they are and written them down when my grandparents were alive, though some of them can be found in articles in the old “Foxfire” series of books, published in North Georgia. (my aunt says, “well I swan” for “well I swear”, for example}
It’s all interesting stuff, what can I say. Keep up the good work, and thank you.
Ever thought about handling accents in different lanuages?