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January 17, 2018


Yesterday I shared my Dialect Dissection article on Taylor Swift on some platforms, and wow! I was utterly blown away by the response. I'd been thinking that long-form articles with this level of multimedia wouldn't be attractive, that the subject was too niche. Instead I've received tons of wonderful comments, encouragement, and suggestions. I've had some thought-provoking conversations with some of you on how to improve this. Firstly, thank you all so much for taking time out of your day to read my article. I appreciate it immensely. If this is your first time here (and it probably is), I recommend checking out my other long-form articles on why pop singers say babih or babay and the history behind 'daddy' as a slang term.

Secondly, the Dropbox links are down. I had no idea I would have that many people listening to a page! I will be looking into options with more bandwidth immediately. I've been told the IPA audio samples don't work in Safari, so I will also be troubleshooting that for my Apple-using friends. If you encounter any other technical errors, please let me know.

Thirdly, I've begun work on the second Dialect Dissection article! I've already received a lot of suggestions for future articles. Some are ones that I've already got on the list, others are new. Due to the sheer immensity of the Dialect Dissection project, which requires listening to an artist's entire discography, researching their career, selecting the best samples, etc. I cannot get to every suggestion given to me. I will do my best to give every artist a serious look, though, and consider their appropriateness for the project.

If this is your first time here, I hope you'll keep coming back. You can get updates via RSS feed, but I'll be expanding to other social media networks in the future. If you read me New Year's post, you'll see I'm still working out a release schedule for articles. My current goal is to post once a month and move more frequently from there. If you're not in the mood for long-form all the time, don't worry - I post small articles in between long-form articles as a palate cleanser.

Once again, thank you all so much for checking out this passion project of mine. I hope you'll stick around, because there's more where that came from. See you soon!

- Karen

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