Tag: dialect

Did Ford’s Model T Kill Midwest German Dialects?

After decades of research, University of Kansas researcher William Keel believes it was Henry Ford, not Kaiser Bill, who was responsible for the decline of the distinctive German dialects spoken by immigrants and their descendants in five Kansas and Missouri settlements during the 20th century.His theory is that you...

Chinese Dialects Honored in Film

Last month’s Zurong Dialect Film Festival, one of China’s campaigns to preserve language diversity, received 582 entries featuring various dialects in just its second year. The number of entries doubled from last year, coming from all over the country. Zhao Yuhe received the Best Actress Award at the festival hosted by Zhanjiang, in south China’s Guangdong Province, even though...

Alaska Home to Rare Russian Dialect

Linguists to compile dictionary from septuagenarian speakers by 2014.A Russian settlement in Alaska that became isolated from the Russian Empire when the U.S. bought the Alaska Territory in 1867 still speaks a rare Russian dialect that has become the new object of study for Russian linguists.The town of Ninilchik is the site of an endangered dialect of the Russian...