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Dialectal Differences Apparent in Tweets

Digital language use varies not only by domain (hacker culture, chat room attendees, etc.), but also by geography, most easily observable on the popular social-media site Twitter, as verified by a recent study. Some conventions are orthographical, others correspond to dialect and cultures. For instance, in New York, normal ‘u’ (you) is often seen cutesy and elongated to ‘uuu’, and ‘deadass’ is slang for ‘tired’.

Inevitably, this goes for Native cultures, which have their own accents and slang. “Chiefing” refers to dressing up like a chief for tourism, “skin” refers to fullblooded traditionalist. Native languages have affected English accents in some regions; the phonology of Appalachian (or Mountain) English was affected by Cherokee and the languages of surrounding tribes.

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