Journals Higher Education



Published: 25 November 2013

288 Pages

6-1/8 x 9-1/4 inches

ISBN: 9780199945702

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Speaking Pittsburghese

The Story of a Dialect

Barbara Johnstone

Oxford Studies in Sociolinguistics

  • Explores the history of Pittsburghese, the local dialect of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area as it is imagined and used by Pittsburghers
  • Shows how non-standard pronunciations, words, and bits of grammar used in the Pittsburgh area were taken up, over the course of the 20th and early 21st centuries, into a repertoire of words and phrases and a vocal style that became one of the most resonant symbols of local identity
  • The first book-length, in-depth study of the the historical process of dialect enregisterment, a concept that Johnstone introduced to sociolinguistics and dialectology
  • Based on over a decade of participant observation, sociolinguistic interviewing, and archival research

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