The Rhode Island Dialect: An Investigation of Language Change in New England

Moira Crocker


This is an investigation into the shifting dialect boundaries of New England, wherein I investigated the speech use and speech perceptions of native Rhode Islanders to see if, like the surrounding dialects, the Rhode Island dialect is diminishing over time.

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“Rhode Island QuickFacts.” United States Census Bureau, April 2015,

Stanford, James N., Thomas A. Leddy-Cecere, and Kenneth P. Baclawski. "Farewell to the founders: major dialect changes along the East-West New England border." American Speech 87.2 (2012): 126-169.


ISSN 2333-6552

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