Date: Wed, 6 Aug 1997 12:59:51 +0100


Subject: Re: Informants

Actually, I'm looking for Americans that have been in some contact

with RP/ScSE for at least a year, and still are in contact with it. "Fresh

off the boat" would be great if I could afford a longitudinal study, but a

three year degree doesn't allow for much.

Thanks, though,


On Tue, 5 Aug 1997, Gregory {Greg} Downing wrote:

}To add to the note copied below -- I attended "ASL" (L for London) together

}with two siblings from 1972-74, though I don't know if you are looking for

}Americans (Michiganders) exposed to British English (and vice versa) from

}*that* far in the past.... I had the virtue and/or vice of being interested

}at that period in language....


}Many of the American kids attending ASL at that time were really "right off

}the boat" -- midwesterners and southerners with no prior exposure to British

}English at all, whose fathers were transferred there for a few years to work

}for multinationals or in North Sea oil or the like. It was quite a

}language-shock for a lot of them (leaving the culture-shock aside).


}Greg Downing/NYU


}At 09:20 PM 8/5/97 -0400, you wrote:

} Dear Aaron,


} I suggest you contact the American School in St. John's Wood, London NW8,

} or another similar establishment in Cobham, Surrey -- you'll find American

} families thicker than flies at a Methodist picnic.


} Orin Hargraves



}Greg Downing/NYU, at greg.downing[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or downingg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]



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