End of ADS-L Digest - 2 Aug 1994 to 3 Aug 1994 ********************************************** There is one message totalling 29 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Forrest Gump ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 3 Aug 1994 22:59:50 -0500 From: mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU Subject: Re: Forrest Gump David Johns observed Martin Sheen's difficulty in doing Gen. Lee's accent for "Gettysburg," and the difficulty of getting accents right. Mike Picone talked about the larger problems in the motion picture industry. I agree with David that maybe it's too much to expect for non[native speakers to get it exactly right. But I do not think much of an effort is made. I have a lot of respect for Martin Sheen as an actor and a human being; I can't help thinking that he might have done better if the director had made that a bigger part of the the role. Which gets me to Mike's point. Yes, there is a lot of arrogance in the movie/TV industries. And I suppose it ticks me off as a professional linguist/dialectologist that a lot of what we know gets ignored by the people who produce this stuff. And I supose part of being ticked off has sg. to do with the failure of the culture at large to take what we know about language variation very seriously. The press invariably reports on any research in dialectology--even the appearance of a humongous project like DARE--very humorously, with a lot of jokes. That's a bummer sometimes. Tim Frazer