Speaking Pittsburghese: The Story of a Dialect

Paperback | December 9, 2013

byBarbara Johnstone

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This book explores the history of Pittsburghese, the language of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area as it is imagined and used by Pittsburghers. Pittburghese is linked to local identity so strongly that it is alluded to almost every time people talk about what Pittsburgh is like, or what itmeans to be a Pittsburgher. But what happened during the second half of the 20th century to reshape a largely unnoticed way of speaking into this highly visible urban "dialect"? In this book, sociolinguist Barbara Johnstone focuses on this question.Treating Pittsburghese as a cultural product of talk, writing, and other forms of social practice, Johnstone shows how non-standard pronunciations, words, and bits of grammar used in the Pittsburgh area were taken up into a repertoire of words and phrases and a vocal style that has become one of themost resonant symbols of local identity in the United States today.

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This book explores the history of Pittsburghese, the language of the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area as it is imagined and used by Pittsburghers. Pittburghese is linked to local identity so strongly that it is alluded to almost every time people talk about what Pittsburgh is like, or what itmeans to be a Pittsburgher. But what happened d...

Barbara Johnstone is Professor of Rhetoric and Linguistics at Carnegie Mellon University. She is the author of Repetition in Arabic Discourse (Benjamins, 1990), Stories, Community, and Place: Narratives from Middle America (Indiana UP, 1990), The Linguistic Individual (Oxford, 1996), and two textbooks. Her research has explored how p...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 9.25 × 6.12 × 0.68 inPublished:December 9, 2013Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199945705

ISBN - 13:9780199945702

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Table of Contents

Preface and AcknowledgmentsSpecial Symbols and Typographic Conventions1. Pittsburgh Speech and Pittsburghese2. Yinz are in Stiller Country: Dialect, Place, and Social Meaning in Language3. From Pittsburgh Speech to Pittsburghese4. Perceiving Pittsburghese5. Linking Dialect and Place in Interaction6. Pittsburghese in the Media7. Selling Pittsburghese8. Performing Pittsburghese9. The History of Yinz and the Outlook for PittsburgheseReferences