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How unique is Pittsburgh Dialect ?

 Natalie is, is it common like, because we were just talking about what western Pennsylvania for like Pittsburgh to have its own and then the outline region to have its own or is this, how does, how does that work across the country?

It is pretty unique because it has a extremely well defined but extremely geographically limited dialect that you guys are really lucky because you have a very distinctive dialect that’s very confined to a specific area and very unique to you. Only people from Pittsburgh for you. So y’all type of thing. I’m only people from Pittsburgh say Gum ban where the rest of us say rubber band. So that’s good. So you know, you have a very strong linguistic and dialect identity. I’m speaking in terms of forensic linguistics, language evidence. If you’re going to, if you’re from Pittsburgh and you’re going to come try to commit a crime and be anonymous and leave maybe a phone call or a ransom note or something like this, you might hit yourself away because you have very distinctive die like features that in other parts of the US probably a not necessarily as readily recognized. More the south. Yeah. That’s obviously. It’s so great to say goodbye. Like Pittsburgh is one of the more unique ones. They should be proud of that.

We try to be.

 Jim, just to follow up on that a little bit, you asked about our region’s constricted or restricted and a lot of times it has to do with rivers and mountain ranges. It’s as simple as that. And that consent can be the separating line, uh, of, of, of a dialect region or sub die like region in any country. But certainly in the US. And uh, it’s one, there are rivers in Pittsburgh and they’re, you know, there’s, there’s vast space between Pittsburgh in Harrisburg and certainly Philly, so all those things play in, in terms of our dialects, you know, originate and how they sort of become locked in and localized over decades and even centuries for that matter.


James Fitzgerald and Natalie Schilling

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