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MAGAZINE ARTICLES 

The following article - the first of several projected magazine articles-  addresses one organization's attempt to aid in individual recovery from Drug Addiction.  It appeared in a San Antonio bilingual newspaper, with basically a Puerto Rican readership, in May of 2010.
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NEWSPAPER COLUMNS

Good Grief

Several friends have encouraged me to write an updated set of newspaper columns.  Starteding in June of 2012, then, I will write a monthly column on cemeteries.  Much will be popularized version of academic papers found elsewhere on this web site.  Much more, however, will be new material that I have gleaned over the past couple of decades through my memberships in the Association for Gravestone Studies and in the Cemeteries and Gravemarkers Section of the American Culture Association.

The Full Story.  A complete Gravemarker holds only eleven pieces of semantic information, in its written text.
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How About a Picnic?  An explanation about the differences in attitudes toward cemeteries, among various cultures.
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Cemeteries Document the Languages and Cultures of the Surrounding Neighborhood.  Irrefutable evidence of changes in languages and cultures.
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In popular slang a Consort can mean Prostitute; in 20th Century Protestant usage, though, a Consort (as in British usage) refers to a spouse.
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Pictures of the deceased and of their hobbies have along history from porcelain to lazer.
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The "DEATH " taboo?  Not in cemeteries!
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                                                                         San Antonio Times

Between 1992 and 1996, I wrote a series of columns for the San Antonio Times newspaper.  The columns disccussed various aspects of South Texas regional an social dialects.  TheTimes owns the copyright on all 172 columns, but has graciously given permission to post them on this website.  It will take months to re-format and upload all of the articles, but I will add them as quickly as possible.  
         The columns are organized according to dialectology categories: Linguistic Geography (Pragmatics, Semantics, Syntax, etc.) and Social Dialects (Education, Ethinicity, Religion, etc.)

                                                                                                                                 LINGUISTIC GEOGRAPHY

Three word queries from readers: from various dialect categories
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Reader Responses: Pester, bidness, inputs, toston, and quinceanera
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Spanglish in San Antonio's English Language Newspaper
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                              SEMANTICS

What do you call a newcomer to the territory?
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Discussion of the southern usage of first, second, third, etc. cousins
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What does "bits" mean in "Two bits, four bits, six bits, a dollar"?
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Cambridge University Dictionary of American Usage: "Buttocks" is the preferred term; "Fanny" and "Ass" are slang; but the popular "Hiny" or "Heinie" are unlisted.
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HEINIE-2  (A second look)
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"Olla" a South Texas word for "crock pot"
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Derivation of the word "Mexican" from the original "Aztec"
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Chitlins: Southern term for deep fried hog intestines.
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Mesa.  A high desert plateau
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Irish O' before a surname means "Grandchildren of.....)
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He is REALLY, PURELY, PLUMB crazy
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Coronas: an Hispanic gravesite decoration
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Fair-Up: a weather term
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Itzel: a popular Hispanic name for girls
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Catty-Corner: Dialect term for cutting diagonally across a square.
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"I reckon so."
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                              SYNTAX

Swearing In San Antonio
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Is that the "fartherest" you can go?
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"You know....."
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Alsatian English "yet" Revisited
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                              MORPHOLOGY

Mexicanness
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                              PHONOLOGY

How do you proounce the name NG?
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Why is the letter -s- pronounced liked [d] in the word -business- [bidnis]?
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Why the "h" in the spelling of "Ghost"?
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Pronunciation of San Antonio's Fall Festival's "Night in Old San Antonio's" acronyn NIOSA
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NIOSA in La Villita or NIOSA revisited
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NIOSA again. Did I misuse the word MORPHINE? Yes I did.
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A Reader asks: "Why do media announcers say Yell University instead of Yale University?
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                                                                                                                                       SOCIAL DIALECTS

                              SOCIAL CLASS

How do you pronounce HOUSTON?
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Southern USA pronunciation of the word THREE
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                              REGISTERS

A reader asks: Are sentence fragments acceptable in standard written English? The answer depends upon which Register of standard wriiten English is being used.
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