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"DAHNTAHN" PITTSBURGH: MONOPHTHONGAL /aw/ AND REPRESENTATIONS OF LOCALNESS IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

"DAHNTAHN" PITTSBURGH: MONOPHTHONGAL /aw/ AND REPRESENTATIONS OF LOCALNESS IN SOUTHWESTERN... American Speech, Vol. 77, No. 2, Summer 2002 Copyright © 2002 by the American Dialect Society something to do with the role of this feature in local discourse about localness; we cannot demonstrate a causal connection between the persistent usage of the feature by younger speakers and its frequent representation in the local media, nor can we rule out other linguistic and social factors that may also help account for the feature’s persistence. But the study suggests how representations of local- or regional-sounding speech may enter into the ideological process by which certain speech forms can come to index local identities, and how this process may intersect with the sometimes competing leveling pressures created by dialect contact. This study was designed not only to begin an exploration of a new research site (Pittsburgh) and a new set of research questions, but also as a pedagogical endeavor. In this respect, the study illustrates the usefulness of documentary film as data for at least the exploratory phase of historical dialectology. Using film as data, instead of doing fieldwork, made it possible to carry out all of the theoretical framing and preliminary analysis for this project in the course of one http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png American Speech: A Quarterly of Linguistic Usage Duke University Press

"DAHNTAHN" PITTSBURGH: MONOPHTHONGAL /aw/ AND REPRESENTATIONS OF LOCALNESS IN SOUTHWESTERN PENNSYLVANIA

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Duke University Press
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Copyright 2002 by American Dialect Society
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0003-1283
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1527-2133
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10.1215/00031283-77-2-148
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Abstract

American Speech, Vol. 77, No. 2, Summer 2002 Copyright © 2002 by the American Dialect Society something to do with the role of this feature in local discourse about localness; we cannot demonstrate a causal connection between the persistent usage of the feature by younger speakers and its frequent representation in the local media, nor can we rule out other linguistic and social factors that may also help account for the feature’s persistence. But the study suggests how representations of local- or regional-sounding speech may enter into the ideological process by which certain speech forms can come to index local identities, and how this process may intersect with the sometimes competing leveling pressures created by dialect contact. This study was designed not only to begin an exploration of a new research site (Pittsburgh) and a new set of research questions, but also as a pedagogical endeavor. In this respect, the study illustrates the usefulness of documentary film as data for at least the exploratory phase of historical dialectology. Using film as data, instead of doing fieldwork, made it possible to carry out all of the theoretical framing and preliminary analysis for this project in the course of one

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American Speech: A Quarterly of Linguistic UsageDuke University Press

Published: Jun 1, 2002

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