Monthly Archives: July 2011

Jill Abramson’s Accent

I’m coming home from vacation Saturday and will hopefully have proper post up by Sunday.  In the meantime, I’d like to address something that has been swirling around the press:  the strange idiolect of new NY Times Executive editor Jill … Continue reading

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Why is Fantasy Always in a British Accent?

[Ed. Note:  I'm on vacation till Saturday, July 30th, so I'm publishing some old posts I drafted but never published.  Some of these might be rough around the edges.  Also note that it may be difficult for me to respond … Continue reading

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Animal Accents

[Ed. Note:  I'm on vacation till Saturday, July 30, so I'm publishing some old posts I drafted but never published.  Some of these might be rough around the edges.  Also note that it may be difficult for me to respond … Continue reading

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Why Vowel Shifts?

[Ed. Note:  I'm on vacation till Saturday, July 30th, so I'm publishing some old posts that I drafted but never published for various reasons.  Some of these might be a little rough around the edges.  Also note that it may … Continue reading

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Posts while I’m on Vacation

I am on vacation this next week in an area with little internet access. As I won’t have much opportunity to write, I’m going to publish some old posts that I drafted but didn’t put on the blog for various … Continue reading

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Children’s Accents

Children’s accents tell us quite a bit about adult accents. From the speech of children, we can deduce which sounds of English are easily acquired and which less so.  And in some situations, we can find explanations for why accents … Continue reading

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The Cloth Set

I remember the first time I learned about the cloth set. It was a boiling summer day in an un-air-conditioned New York workplace. Feeling the heat, I exclaimed to a co-worker, “Man, this is a hot office!” At that moment, … Continue reading

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The Overlooked Philadelphia Accent

I should really know more about the Philadelphia Accent than I do. I have several friends who live in Philadelphia, my lovely girlfriend was born in the city (and raised nearby), and I’ve lived most of my life in the … Continue reading

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Jamaican Patois (And English Schwa)

I’ve recently become fascinated with Jamaican Patois, the creole language spoken on the island of the same name.  The language derives from African languages and various dialects of the British Isles spoken in the 17th-Century.  So it offers insight into … Continue reading

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Far Out: The Hippie Dialect

The etymology of dialect words is an obsession for English language enthusiasts. And thanks to Google NGram, Google Books, Google Scholar and other Google-related tools, it’s never been easier for laymen to research the origins of slang. But the question … Continue reading

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