"Heynabonics. Kina funny, hey na?"

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Fri Nov 16 20:58:05 UTC 2007

On Nov 16, 2007 3:20 PM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:
> FWIW, four minutes on YouTube of a "class" on the dialect of NE PA.

Here's the link:


And some background:


> Not much new, except for the use of _hey na?_ for "right? you agree?
> okay wit chu?", etc.

DARE's got _haina_ (one cite from nePA, 1986), cross-referencing
_ainna_ (used chiefly in German settlement areas, contraction of
_ain't it_, influenced by Ger. _nicht wahr_).

This came up in a discussion here last year on "innit":

--Ben Zimmer

The American Dialect Society - http://www.americandialect.org

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