This is what the web is good for–an expert site on Appalachi-English.
Southern Appalachian English
Welcome to this website on the speech of one of America’s most often misunderstood regions – southern and central Appalachia, which stretches from north Georgia to West Virginia.
Take the Mountain Vocabulary Quiz. Translate this one I heard the other day–tatn’t, as in “I tatn’t to the vet, but hit hain’t hepped hit none.”
Crowdsourcing: A Million Heads is Better than One
The “wisdom of crowds” is a popular web 2.0 buzzword, popularized by James Surowieckiâ€™s book of the same name. At its most basic, the term means that two heads are better than one, and that still more heads will yield even better results.
Some might argue that it is still the lone writer sitting in her lonely chair which makes it go round, but there is new paradigm on the block–crowdsourcing. Perhaps it is really an old idea given new impetus by the advent of the rocket we call the Internet.
However you look at it, read this article and begin to appreciate the extent to which this term is fast becoming an article of faith in the webbed community.
What a powerful site! It is autodidact heaven and also a great place to find new and unusual resources for your classes. For example:
Representative Poetry Online
Kelly Writers’ House
Learn Out Loud
Give the Stingy Scholar more than a quick look.
Here is a YouTube video that Dr. Lesa Dill recommended:
Here’s a good friend of mine from grad school who has posted a section of Beowulf on YouTube–commentary and reading ( in Old English). Thought you might be able to use is in classes or just view it for your own pleasure. Carmen’s neat!