Articles in regional publications that pertain to a wide range of North Carolina-related topics.
for Tar Heel Junior Historian Vol. 55 Issue 2, Spring 2016
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In 1830, President Andrew Jackson signed the Indian Removal Act into law, allowing the government to force many American Indians to leave their home lands. Some Cherokee tribes remained in North Carolina and became known as the Eastern Band of the Cherokee Nation. Today, they run schools in Cherokee, North Carolina and preserve their culture through the buildings, education, and community on campus.
American Sign Language (ASL) has many dialects throughout the United States and in North Carolina. Some dialects in North Carolina have local signs that are different, while others are unique to certain ethnicities. This article specifically looks at the evolution of Black ASL in North Carolina.
Linguist Paul Reed describes the history of North Carolina’s Appalachian dialect, saying that it is a combination of American Indian languages and the languages of other immigrant groups blended together. Geography has also contributed to the conservation of the dialect over the years.
Citizens of the villages on the barrier islands of North Carolina have spoken a distinctive English dialect not found outside of the Outer Banks. Dr. Walt Wolfram, a professor at NC State and researcher of North Carolina dialects, describes the Outer Banks brogue and highlights the importance of documenting it for future generations.