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I'll be posting this in a listing of services for sf/fantasy writers:

Will critique American dialog by writers from other English-speaking countries (including Canada,) and non-Anglophone countries. Note: American editors won't catch everything; examples from Canadian and English writers published in the US on request.

My native dialect is Hudson Valley (probably somewhat outdated). I'm also fairly familiar with New York Metropolitan. Have almost learned the Twin Cities (Minnesota) brand of English.

I have some familiarity with several political lexicons: Marxist, anarchist, liberal, conservative.

Note: If you know why "Polari" and "Parlari" wouldn't sound the same to someone from New York City, the Ulster County NY pronunciation of "Shawangunk," how much difference there is between a tractor-trailer and a semi, and why the US doesn't have Girl Guides, you probably don't need my help.
Tuesday May 21, 2013 From Twitter: Peace Corps ‏@PeaceCorps
Proud to announce we'll begin accepting Volunteer apps from same-sex domestic partners who want to serve together http://1.usa.gov/16McG2M
Retweeted by rivenhomewood

***From Twitter: Media Matters ‏@mmfa
NRA lists the 'coolest gun movies': http://bit.ly/10SdID9 Flashback: NRA blames mass shootings on movies http://mm4a.org/UkYROn
Retweeted by Dan Savage

***Shopping: The Wedge Coop. Steeple People Thrift Store, where I found a couple of things I needed.

On to the Dollar Store on Franklin Avenue, and the nearby Aldi grocery.

***"DARE [Dictionary of American Regional English] has received a grant from NEH to do a pilot study in Wisconsin to
test a new Questionnaire and a new methodology for a second round of nationwide fieldwork.

"This time we won't be using Word Wagons--instead, the survey will be conducted online. We are working with the University of Wisconsin Survey Center to develop the method, and we will include a recorded telephone interview to collect phonological data for comparison with the original DARE recordings.

"We plan to omit questions for practices that are now obsolete (farming with oxen, kinds of sleigh, etc) and add questions that reflect changes in our society over the last 50 years."

And what questions will they be asking 50 years from now?
Saturday May 4, 2013

Ye knowe eek that in forme of speche is chaunge
With-inne a thousand yeer, and wordes tho
That hadden prys, now wonder nyce and straunge
Us thinketh hem, and yet thei spake hem so,
And spedde as wel in love as men now do
(Chaucer, circa 1385)

On the American Dialect Society mailing list, I had asked:

I'm looking for writings on the future of the English language. I own _Predicting New Words_.

Presumably, there's other material more recent than L. Sprague De Camp's 1938 essay "Language for Time Travelers."

And more useful than "The Internet/crystal radio/texting/___ is destroying our language!"

In response, Neal Whitman recommended http://www.xibalba.demon.co.uk/jbr/futurese.html

http://www.xibalba.demon.co.uk/jbr has much more of linguistic and/or science-fictional interest. Recommended for anyone writing sf. (Probably also good for game designers; but I don't know enough about that process to say.)

For the near future, I recommend: Allan Metcalf, _Predicting New Words: the secrets of their success_; Houghton Mifflin, 2002.

***From Twitter:
Ray Radlein ‏@Radlein 3m
RT @davewiner: RT @morningmoneyben: I hate how the media just covers the Derby as a horse race and ignores the substantive issues.