Last week while I was talking about the importance of passing our rich colorful Appalachian Language on to the next generation the state of Tennessee was doing the same thing.
Here’s the details from Channel WJHL
“JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – If anyone has ever told you – you talk funny – you might be from Appalachia.
Some Tennessee lawmakers hope a bill they’re considering will help shatter stereotypes about the Appalachian dialect.
Senate Bill 227 passed committee on Tuesday.
It urges the Secretary of State to include a discussion of the significance and history of the Appalachian dialect in the Tennessee Blue Book.
The Blue Book serves as a manual on the state and its government.
State Representative Jeremy Faison of Cocke County tells us that the bill is about honoring a beautiful form of the English language.
“The Appalachian dialect has some of the oldest forms of American English that you can find,“ Faison said.
Senate Bill 227 – written alongside Senator Steve Southerland of Morristown – states that the Appalachian Dialect is fully legitimate and deserves respect.
“There are people who hear the Appalachian dialect and immediately think “This person might be ignorant“ but in fact, some of the smartest people in the world are from the Appalachians,“ Faison said.
Faison hopes with the history of the Appalachian dialect written in the Tennessee Blue Book –Appalachians will have a better understanding of where they come from.”