Brooklynese in New Orleans redux

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at RCI.RUTGERS.EDU
Tue Nov 8 01:52:36 UTC 2005

>From the New Yorker "Talk of the Town" piece on William Labov and the
publication of his _Atlas of North American English_:

You can hear Brooklynese spoken in parts of New Orleans and Cincinnati,
Labov added, the legacy of the New York bankers who moved to those cities
in the nineteenth century to finance the cotton trade.

I'd prefer a direct quote from Labov about this, as many of the
paraphrases given in the piece seem a bit suspect.

--Ben Zimmer

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