Sunday, November 13, 2005

Talking Brooklynese

Now don't get excited, the title is not a hint that I'm about to start talking about Becks' boy and Child Language Acquisition, cos you know I only do that topic under duress. Nope, it's about the New York dialect and a talk William Labov ("the father of sociolinguistics") gave recently to coincide with the launch of his new book, The Atlas of North American English. The report on this gives us a fascinating look at historical and contemporary dialect change in the US - specifically in relation to changing phonological patterns (the sounds). Check it out - it's cool.

Talking the tawk


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