December 6, 2005

A paean to the city where I learned

This morning I just discovered a wonderful weekly-paper article on linguists' analysis of native Philadelphian speech. I spent ten years in the Philly area, and I have to distort one of Jim Quinn's sentences thus: Our dialect is so unique the University of
Pennsylvania has had a whole department, led by William Labov, one of
America's most distinguished linguists, studying it for more than 25 years
... and they still couldn't get anyone to tell them where to get a good cheesesteak. (They forgot the at.)

Listen to this article
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