Barbara Johnstone

Barbara Johnstone is Professor of Linguistics and Rhetoric at Carnegie Mellon University and the author of Speaking Pittsburghese: The Story of a Dialect.

Articles by Barbara Johnstone


Dialect and identity: Pittsburghese goes to the opera

On a Sunday afternoon in November I am at the Benedum Center with hundreds of fellow Pittsburghers watching a performance of Mozart’s “The Magic Flute.” It’s the second act, and Papageno the bird-man has just found his true love. The English super-titles help us decipher what he is saying as he starts to exit the […]