Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Mon Dec 10 17:32:36 UTC 2001


I collect such stuff, but I'm having trouble in your message telling
which part is your comment and which is taken from the source. Can
you clear it up for us? Others might also like to know.



>  >From "Philadelphia Citypaper.net"
>August 14?21, 1997
>cover story
>By  Jim Quinn's guide to Philadelphia English ? spoken here like nowhere
>else in the world.
>      [...]
>But, sadly, articles about our weird and wonderful dialect always stick to
>old jokes like:
>"Jeet yet?"
>"No. Jew?"
>That's not Philadelphia dialect. That's just plain old American Slur
>Colloquial. Philadelphians talk that way when they're in a hurry, sure. But
>so does everybody else in the Northern United States. Concentrating on
>"Jeet" and"Jew" is like describing the hot dog as Philadelphia food. We do
>eat hot dogs. But if you want to know Philly, you have to try that great,
>gooey watch-your-shirt midnight dripper, the cheesesteak.
>      [...]
>                   Mark A. Mandel : Senior Linguist
>  Dragon Systems, a Lernout & Hauspie company : speech recognition
>  320 Nevada St., Newton, MA 02460, USA : http://www.dragonsys.com

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston at pilot.msu.edu
Office: (517)353-0740
Fax: (517)432-2736

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