Linguists Restore Pride In ‘Hillbilly’ Dialect

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Seeking to eradicate stereotypes about Appalachian people and the way they talk, scholars and linguists are undergoing multiple projects to instill pride in those who speak the dialect, pointing to its particularities as strengths rather than weaknesses and reassuring those who feel pressured to adopt a non-regional accent. What do you think?

“Refraining from calling it the hillbilly dialect is a step in the right direction.”

Austin Sinclair • Freelance Juggler

“When they’re done there, can they come to Boston?”

Brady Dunne • Head Lifeguard


“It’s inspiring to see their fearless use of redundant pronouns.”

Kara Abrams • Brewery Tour Assistant