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An Adventure in Pittsburghese

A Reading List

Abel, Ken, and Jackie Abel.

* The Tongue-in-Cheek Guide to Pittsburgh.
Carnegie, PA: ABELexpress, 1992.

Bernhard, Andrew.

* "Pittsburgh Speech Has Its Own Differences."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 14 December 1959, 2.

Bloom, Si.

* "Every One Talks Funny-- But Us."
Pittsburgher Magazine, 1 (August 1977), 38-39, 79.

Braknis, Greg.

* "Straight Talk: Slang Can Derail Job Interview, Stifle Career."
The Pittsburgh Press, 3 December 1991, B1, B3.

Browne, Joe.

* "Our Towne: Funny Talk."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20 December 1976.

Carrell, Maud.

* "Pittsburg's Sayings and Proverbs:
Expressions Peculiar to the Smoky City
and How Some of Them Have Arisen;
Cosmopolitan Character of the Town
Shown in Language of Inhabitants."
The Pittsburg Dispatch,
13 December 1910, 7 (Section 5).

Davidson, Jim.

* "Take Ten: We'uns Sure Stretch the King's English."
The Pittsburgh Press, 30 December 1984, 4 (Sunday Magazine).

Gates, Gary.

* How to Speak Dutchified English.
Intercourse, PA: Good Books, 1987.

Gitman, Mitch.
* "Internet 'n' at:
Web Site Pools the Finer Points of Pittsburghese."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 20 January 1997, D-1 - D-2.
"Pittsburghese in a Day".

Gleason, David.

* "What's That You Said?
We May Travel the World but Our Manner of Speaking
Betrays Our Origin for the Alert Listener."
The Pittsburgh Press, 30 May 1965, 3 (Magazine).

Gleason, David.

* "Strictly Pittsburghese:
Only in Western Pennsylvania Do You Hear
'Gum Band' and 'Needs Washed.'"
The Pittsburgh Press, 18 June 1967, 3 (Magazine).

Gray, James.

* "Dilemma in Dialect."
The Pittsburgh Press, 14 July 1968, 15 (Family Magazine).

Haas, Kenneth Brooks.

* "Folk Speech of the Scotch-Irish-Americans."
Chap. in Our Scotch-Irish Heritage.
Long Beach, CA: [Kenneth B. Haas], 1972.

Huzinec, Mary.

* "Pitt Prof Finds Pittsburghese a Slippy Subject."
The Pittsburgh Press, 21 November 1978, A-2.

Kloman, Harry.

* "The Truth and Consequences of Pittsburghese:
How You Say 'Downtown' Can Affect Your Career."
Pittsburgh (February 1992), 40-43.

Kurath, Hans, and Raven I. McDavid, Jr.

* "Regional Dialects of Cultivated Speech." Chap. in
The Pronunciation of English in the Atlantic States:
Based upon the Collections
of the Linguistic Atlas of the Eastern United States.
Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, [1961].

Leo, Peter.

* "This Column Needs Read."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 21 June 1982, 4.

Leonard, Vince.

* "A Tale of 2 Languages."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 27 October 1984, 15, 19.

Love, Gilbert.

* "What We Say." The Pittsburgh Press, 18 January 1952.

McGough, Michael.

* "Pittsburghers Have a Dialect All Their Own."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 15 October 1973, (Daily Magazine).

McHugh, Roy.

* "He Scotches Pittsburgh Monopoly on 'Yunz.'"
The Pittsburgh Press, 9 September 1979, A-2.

McCool, Sam.

* How to Speak Pittsburghese:
A Guide for Conventioneers;
A Lexicon for Visitors and Newcomers
Who Wish to Know the Local Dialect.
Goodwill Industries of Pittsburgh: [Pittsburgh], 1981.

McCool, Sam.

* Sam McCool's New Pittsburghese:
How to Speak Like a Pittsburgher.
New Image Press: [Pittsburgh], 1982.

Parslow, Robert.

* "A Little Guide to Pittsburghese."
Pitt (November 1979): 15-16.

Shoemaker, Henry W., compiler.

* Thirteen Hundred Old Time Words
of British, Continental or Aboriginal Origins, still or recently in use among the Pennsylvania Mountain People.
Altoona, PA: Times Tribune Press, 1930.
Abridged by Barry Chad, Senior Librarian, Pennsylvania Department, 2001.

Swetnam, George.

* "Pittsburgh Patois:
Ever Since Pioneer Days
the Pennsylvania Dutch, Immigrants from Europe,
and Other Arrivals Have Joined
in Producing a Most Unusual Speech Type Here."
The Pittsburgh Press, 6 September 1959, 4-5 (Family Magazine).

Swetnam, George.

* "Pittsburgh's Peculiar Proverbs."
The Pittsburgh Press, 8 March 1959, 3 (Magazine).

Swetnam, George.

* "Your Talk Tells Tales:
Language Varies in Meaning and Sound
As You Travel along the Back Roads
and into the Towns and Villages This Professor Says."
The Pittsburgh Press, 15 October 1972, 10-11 (Magazine).

Thomas, Clarke.

* "In Appalachia, They Speak [Metaphor]."
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 October 1980, 23.

Warnick, Mark S.

* "Lawrenceville Aside,
Fewer of Yunz Speak Pittsburghese."
The Pittsburgh Press, 15 July 1990, H1, H4.

* ["When 'Pizzburgh' Fishermen Meet."]

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, 30 April 1981, 7 (East).

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