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PA dialect (was: Re: i'm reforming one of my conlangs)

From:Donald Boozer <donaldboozer@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 10, 2008, 17:42
I haven't posted to CONLANG in awhile (mea culpa) and couldn't resist adding my
tuppence to this thread.
I'm originally from Western Pennsylvania in the Clarion & Armstrong County areas
(about 1/2 way between Pittsburgh and Erie):
-*younz* /jUnz/ was very much in evidence in that area growing up as well as *worsh*
/wOrS/ for "wash" (including Worshington, DC).
-We had a *creek* /krIk/ flowing below our house.
-We took groceries home in a *poke* /pOk/
-I was often told by my exasperated mother to stop *rutching* /rUtS.n/ when I was
supposed to sitting still.
-And told not to be *shushly* / when I was supposed to be doing something
carefully (like carrying a full glass of water)
- And one of my favorite foods was *rivvel* soup.
Those last three are derived from PA Dutch from what I have found out much later,
but none of my relatives were Amish (although both sides of my family have a
good deal of German and Swiss ancestry).
I haven't thought about these in a long while, so thanks for the reminder :-)
On the conlanging front, I'm in the process of writing a grammar of Umod. It's up
to 16 pages and I'm using Payne's Describing Morphosyntax as a guide. I'm also
working on two writing systems, one for Umod and one for Elasin.

> Date: Tue, 9 Dec 2008 21:07:16 -0600 > From: Vincent Pistelli <pva003@...> > Subject: Re: i'm reforming one of my conlangs > > yes people really do say that I used to but then I got > older but I still sa= > y > yinz and worsh(as opposed to wash) > > On Mon, Dec 8, 2008 at 10:21 PM, Eric Christopherson > <rakko@...>wro= > te: > > > On Dec 8, 2008, at 6:41 PM, Amanda Babcock Furrow > wrote: > > > > On Tue, Dec 09, 2008 at 12:32:39AM +0000, Eugene Oh > wrote: > >> > >> Also, "yinz"? > >>> > >> > >> Oooh, I can answer that! He's from > "Picksburg". > >> > > > > Do people from there really say it that way? Do they > pronounce other /ts/= > s > > as /ks/? > > > > > >> (See "Pittsburghese"...)


Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>