Pickens County Museum to Host Dr. David Marlow's “Appalachian Voices:Perceptions, Features & Origins of Southern Mountain Speech"

September 10, 2010 at 5:43 pm

If you were born in this area, chances are you have had at least one person comment on your “southern accent.” That soft southern speech pattern is so recognizable. Join us to hear more about the roots and perceptions associated with the southern accent.

The public is invited to a free lecture, Thursday, September 23, from 6:00 p.m. –  7:00 p.m., “Appalachian Voices: Perceptions, Features & Origins of Southern Mountain Speech,” with David Marlow, PhD, assistant professor of linguistics from the University of South Carolina Upstate. This program will be held in the LaVonnne Nalley Piper Auditorium of the Pickens County Museum of Art & History, 307 Johnson St, Pickens, SC. Registration is not required. 

This evening’s conversation will begin with an examination of Appalachian speech in popular media, followed by an examination of reality. Next will be an exploration of the myths and reality surrounding the origins of the dialect. There will be a focus on the logical rules that speakers of Appalachian English naturally follow within the dialect community. The lecture portion will conclude with discussion of the unfair perceptions of dialect by non-dialect speakers – extending not only to Appalachian English, but also to speakers of other dialects.

This program is part of the museum’s continuing effort to provide a variety of entertaining and educational programming for the community. The Pickens County Museum of Art & History is funded in part by Pickens County, members and friends of the museum and a grant from the South Carolina Arts Commission, which receives support from the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Located at the corner of Hwy. 178 at 307 Johnson Street in Pickens SC, the museum is open Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 9:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., Thursdays from 9:00 a.m. until 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Admission is free but donations are welcomed. For more information call the museum at (864) 898-5963.