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Duration: 43 minutes
Amy Clark, co-editor of Talking Appalachian:
The act of transcribing [my grandmother’s] words and the syntax of her sentences showed me the poetry of her voice, her dialect. This was the voice in the writing of Lee Smith, James Still, Harriet Arnow. Everything I’d heard on television or even among my peers about how ignorant we sounded was diminished. It was a turning point for me in realizing, to quote Linda Scott DeRosier, that I was “carrying my heritage in my mouth.” How we talk about language matters as much as how we use it.