“Hello, New New England”

This Chronicle blog post discusses an article in the latest issue of American Speech (the journal of the American Dialect Society) about the status of New England dialects. I can report that at least among the 25-50 set here in the far suburbs of Boston, R-lessness and other Boston/Mass dialect features are alive and well. (Witness: my conversation with a receptionist where she mistook my utterance of “Kyle” for one of “Carl”.)