LSA Members Interviewed in Washington Post Article on D.C. Dialect
Thursday, July 10, 2014 - 1:45pm
A recent front-page article in the Washington Post, "Is there a D.C. dialect? It’s a topic locals are pretty ‘cised’ to discuss", highlights the research of several linguists and LSA members.
Senior writer Frances Stead Sellers reports on work that counters the popular assumption that Washington, D.C. has no unique dialect. In the article, LSA consultant Jessi Grieser (named as 'one Georgetown researcher') describes her work on language and identity in Southeast Washington, and former LSA President Walt Wolfram explains the "historical and cultural stories" that can exist behind small phonetic variations. Words like 'bama' and 'jont' are just some of the several features from the article which illustrate the linguistic diversity of DC.