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Three brushes with American English

Brush 1: Ass
During our road trip across America, we quickly developed a routine: after a day of driving, we’d get some ice in a bucket, and relax with some cold drinks. 513 more words

New York

How many Arabics are we talking about here?

If you know anything about Arabic in the modern world you know that it’s not really “Arabic” so much as a collection of “Arabics,” the various regional dialects that share a common root but diverge from each other (at least in the spoken language) in many, sometimes significant, ways. 614 more words


Kent accent in the 19th century: PRICE and MOUTH

This post continues from the introductory Kent accent in the 19th century.

The PRICE and MOUTH vowels

Figure 14. The distribution of PRICE pronunciations by the seven informants. 978 more words

Northern Satsuma Dialect: Lesson One

Lesson One

Anything that ends in “mi” (み)turns into “m” (ん). This is pretty universally used by most speakers of Northern Satsuma-ben. In fact, a lot of sounds don’t get completely finished in this dialect. 66 more words


Thursday: Permanent Translation Pending

What’s “Romanization,” do you think? Do you suppose it’s a becoming-more-English way of getting rid of slashes and swoops? Or the systematic breakdown of an ancient language that’s on its way out, because of the excessive hyphens, like the interpreters say? 236 more words

Creative Writing

Um, here's an, uh, map that shows where Americans use "um" vs. "uh"

This piece has been corrected.

Every language has filler words that speakers use in nervous moments or to buy time while thinking. Two of the most common of these in English are “uh” and “um.” They might seem interchangeable, but data show that their usage break down across surprising geographic lines.  768 more words