Oral History: CMU linguistics professor charts the city's history through its language 

"People now are representing a particular persona. And that character is 'the yinzer.'"

For years, Carnegie Mellon University professor Barbara Johnstone has been the world's foremost expert on Pittsburgh's unique speech patterns. But don't expect to use her book Speaking Pittsburghese: The story of a dialect as a phrasebook for negotiating the Strip District on…

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