That Changing Philly Accent

Tuesday, April 09, 2013

philadelphia hoagie town sign (pwbaker/flickr)

Do people make fun of you for how you say "water"? You may be from Philly! William Labov, professor of linguistics at University of Pennsylvania, and Josef Fruehwald, PhD candidate, discuss the study they co-authored on how Philadelphians' speech patterns and accents have changed over the past century, titled One Hundred Years of Sound Change in Philadelphia: Linear Incrementation, Reversal, and Reanalysis


Years of Sound Change in Philadelphia: Linear Incrementation, Reversal, and 


Josef Fruehwald and William Labov

Comments [5]

michele piso

please comment on the connection bet Phila and pittsburgh!

Apr. 09 2013 10:58 AM

Lately I've noticed that may speakers are pronouncing all words starting with "str" as "SHtr" Michelle Obama is an example of this pronunciation. She would pronounce 'strong' as 'SHtrong." Where does this pronunciation come from?

Apr. 09 2013 10:58 AM

do tv and raido have a part in changing accents

Apr. 09 2013 10:58 AM

I'm from Philly and would like to know why the researchers explain why they characterize the Philadelphia accent as characteristically southern? It seems like its characteristically mid-Atlantic and actually quite different from what we hear in the South.

Apr. 09 2013 10:53 AM

Blame Baltimore for that accent, I think, since whatver that bug is Baltimore got bit even harder. I've tried time and again to get folks from Philly to talk normal, like those of us born in Brooklyn, (you know, neutral) but fugget...

Apr. 09 2013 10:04 AM

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