In The New Shetlander: Vernacular Abandon


The latest issue of The New Shetlander magazine contains my article, “Vernacular Abandon: Writing the Way We Speak.” I’m even mentioned in the Shetland News article about the current issue.

This is an expansion of a blog post from January 2009 titled Are you William Faulkner? Check yes or no. Thanks to New Shetlander editorial committee member Mark Smith for requesting the article, and to Tenaya Darlington, Fabu and Elizabeth Keathley for sharing their insights with me.

(The magazine is Scotland’s longest-running literary periodical, published since 1947. It is a traditional journal and has no real web presence, but can be [and should be, because it’s awesome] purchased here.)

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