End of ADS-L Digest - 12 Aug 1994 to 14 Aug 1994 ************************************************ There are 2 messages totalling 54 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. you (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 15 Aug 1994 10:06:00 EDT From: "Dennis.Preston" <22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.EDU> Subject: Re: you In-Reply-To: The letter of Wednesday, 10 August 1994 7:39pm ET The article of mine Tom Clark refers to is Dennis Preston, 1986, The Li'l Abner syndrome. American Speech 60,4:328-336. Those who might want to pursue this issue further might have a look at my 'Ritin' fowklower daun 'rong: folklorists failures in phonology. Journal of American Folklore 95,377:304-26 (1982) and a following discussion between E. Fine and me in the same journal (1983) 96,381:321-30 (Fine, In defense of literary dialect) and 330-39 (Preston, Mowr bad spellun'). That eye-dialect may differ for speakers of different dialects seems, to me, t o be a minor issue. I doubt if 'wuz' spellers really have different vowels in mind when they employ it. I still buy into the idea that such spellings simply belittle the caricatured speaker, usually in the direction of illiteracy and/or lack of intelligence. That is one of the reasons I so vigorously oppose the use of such 'respellings' in discourse, folklore, ethnography and other fields which represent the actual speech of respondents. If the pronunciation is important, I believe a phonetic transcription (of appropriate 'narrowness') is the only reasonable solution. Belletristic practice is another matter, and I have nothing to contribute to what writers who want to make a certain impression on readers should (or should not) do. Dennis Preston 22709mgr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]msu.edu