Date: Sat, 4 Dec 1993 21:07:48 -0700
From: Rudy Troike RTROIKE[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ARIZVMS.BITNET
Subject: Re: Sounding Northern
Us Valleyites (not San Fernando) stick together. One of my major
sociolinguistic handicaps at the University of Texas (in those days it was
The University, no nonsense about "at Austin") was not "sounding like a Texan".
Don Lance actually sounds a bit more Texan than I do (maybe something that
gets in the water in the river between Mission and Brownsville; I know the
boron level is higher). While I was at UT, I regularly asked classes where
they thought I was from, and uniformly got answers like Ohio, Illinois, Iowa.
However, they were greatly reassured when I told them I pronounced pin and
pen alike, and regularly used you-all . But it was still embarrassing to
my Texan nationalism not to be recognized as a native. Nevertheless, I concur
that Valley English is a good candidate for a standard prestige variety.