Talk:Rhode Island

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Former good article Rhode Island was one of the Geography and places good articles, but it has been removed from the list. There are suggestions below for improving the article to meet the good article criteria. Once these issues have been addressed, the article can be renominated. Editors may also seek a reassessment of the decision if they believe there was a mistake.
Article milestones
Date Process Result
April 16, 2007 Good article nominee Listed
July 9, 2008 Good article reassessment Delisted
Current status: Delisted good article
edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Rhode Island:

Here are some tasks awaiting attention:
  • Article requests : trim history section since History of RI already has its own article
  • Cleanup : culture; food; popular culture; Rhode Island firsts, perhaps merge into culture with prose
  • Expand : demographics with prose concerning notable trends, e.g. massive influx of hispanics; culture; economy and its current trends, i.e. job loss
  • Wikify : references into standard format using cite web and cite book templates

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Accent?[edit]

The article states

Some Rhode Islanders speak with the distinctive, non-rhotic, traditional Rhode Island accent that many compare to a cross between the New York City and Boston accents (e.g., "water" sounds like "watuh"). Many Rhode Islanders distinguish a strong aw sound [ɔə] (i.e., do not exhibit the cot–caught merger) as one might hear in New Jersey or New York City; for example, the word coffee is pronounced [ˈkʰɔəfi] KAW-fee.[132] This type of accent was brought to the region by early settlers from eastern England in the Puritan migration to New England in the mid-17th century.

What I have always read (see Rhoticity in English, for example) is that though non-rhoticity was emerging in England in the 15th century it wasn't until the 18th century that it became prevalent. Even Shakespeare, who lived in the 17th century, used a rhotic accent. And in America it was only toward the tail end of the 18th century that the Northeastern Seaboard began to adopt non-rhoticity. The very reason that the interior of America remained almost entirely rhotic while the Eastern Seaboard became heavily non-rhotic is because the Eastern Seaboard had more direct contact with England and so adopted England's newer trends. So while some of what is being stated may be true, my understanding is that much of what we consider the New England accent is not so much an older accent as a newer accent that was adopted more recently.

-- MC

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Three nation's tallest bridges[edit]

"Rhode Island also has three of the nation's tallest bridges" is a dubious claim. If you believe it should be kept in the article, I suggest you to have a look at the List of bridges in the United States by height and think of how the claim could be modified to reflect the reality.

Unless a better idea is suggested, the statement should be removed from the article. Document hippo (talk) 10:44, 24 August 2017 (UTC)

Rhoticity[edit]

There has lately been some dispute concerning RI's non-rhotic accent. The claim has been put forward that non-rhoticity didn't appear until such-and-such a time period—but no one has supported the claim with any citations. Conversely, the article as it currently stands does offer a citation to support its claim. I have not verified whether or not that citation is valid; but I'm also not the person who's challenging the statement. So those who wish to debate or refute this statement are certainly welcome to do so, but they need to do so with citations. —Dilidor (talk) 15:29, 7 September 2017 (UTC)