Introduction to American Dialects | Southern Drawl | Tawking the Tawk in Noo Yawk | New England's Wicked Good Accent
Philly Talk and Pittsburghese | The Midwestern 'Non-Accent' | Da Chicago Dialect and the Northern Cities Vowel Shift
The USA is a pretty big place. It's somewhat hard to grasp really how big a country like the USA is. It is also a very diverse place, ethnically, religiously, politically and linguistically. However, it is the last of these that we are concerned with here.
The dominant language of the US is English, and it contains more people who speak English as their primary language than any other country in the world. All government business is conducted in English and most of the USA's citizens speak it. The USA variety of English has sometimes been referred to as 'American' because it is seen as quite distinct from British English (that is, English spoken in the United Kingdom). The differences in pronunciation and vocabulary between the various American dialects is small compared to the divide between the Americans and the British. However, as is the case with many varieties of language, it is difficult to determineContinued page 2/7