For More Information…

To read more about languages and varieties found in and around Maryland, follow these links:

The “Baltimore Dialect” Wikipedia page

Read more about the characteristics of “Bawlmerese,” the most well-known of the many Baltimore accents.

“Dew As You Dew:  Baltimore Accent and The Wire

A short article on Baltimore accents in the television show The Wire, focusing primarily on how cast members pronounce their vowels, in what linguists call “u”-fronting and “o”-fronting.

“Yo Said What?”: Baltimore Youth Use ‘Yo’ As a Gender-Neutral Pronoun

In this April 2013 interview on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and hosted on the NPR Code Switch Blog, Dr. Christine Mallinson talks about Baltimore adolescents’ innovative use of ‘yo’ as a gender-neutral 3rd person singular pronoun. See also this article by Dr. Julie Tetel Andresen of Duke University about the Baltimore ‘yo’ and what it might mean for the future of the English language.

“Tangier Islanders Retain Unique Dialect”

In this July 2011 interview on WAMU 88.5 American University Radio Dr. Christine Mallinson talks about the Tidewater Accent on Tangier Island, Virginia, which is also characteristic of the eastern shores of Maryland and Virginia and of the Outer Banks of North Carolina.  Check out the story here.

“Understanding Delmarva’s ‘Whole-Nother’ Way of Speaking”

In this April 2014 newspaper article, Dr. Christine Mallinson discusses how language changes and explains some of the geographic and social influences on the dialect of the Eastern Shore of Maryland.

“The odd accent of Tangier Island”

Hear the accent on Tangier Island in this clip from the documentary American Tongues.

“An Island in Chesapeake Bay Is Disappearing — and So Is a British Dialect and A Piece of History”

This article discusses the history, culture, and language of Tangier Island, which now has a population of less than 500.

“The Biggest Sports Town in America, Per Capita”

A recent ESPN commercial series called Tangier Island the “biggest sports town in America, per capita.” The commercial gives a glimpse of the Tangier accent and of the changing way of life on the island, now that the Internet and cell phones give Tangier Islanders the option of being in greater contact with folks on the mainland – if they want to be.

The Modern Language Association’s Language Map

View an interactive map showing the percentages or numbers of speakers of the selected language. Select a state or click the map to zoom in on a region.

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