DailyDirt: You Say Tomato, I Say Tomahto

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Dead languages don't change and evolve. It's the languages that people speak the most that develop new words and new dialects. In the past, it's been difficult to track the evolution of language, but with more and more wiretapped phonecalls digital voice recordings available for analysis, linguists are in a better position to study how languages are changing. Here are just a few interesting links on language dialects. If you'd like to read more awesome and interesting stuff, check out this unrelated (but not entirely random!) Techdirt post via StumbleUpon.

Filed Under: chinese, dialects, english, language, linguists, literacy, mandarin, phonemica, speaking, voices
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    McCrea (profile), 29 Jun 2013 @ 3:51am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Don't play sillily. "Assume good faith" is the rule. You didn't really say anything more than I was wrong, either.

    I did check a few dictionaries for you. Alas, they were different than they were 35 years ago; I have no evidence for my case. When we researched this in school, as instructed, generally "yeah" was not listed, or was listed as slang. Moreover, "Yea" had the secondary pronunciation which we are speaking about.

    Offhand, I don't know how to prove the past to you, unless I find a suitable 1970 dictionary, and you happen to have a sister. You can either believe me or not. Hence, why I gave no reason that doesn't change anything.

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