Date: Fri, 15 Dec 1995 13:44:59 -0600

From: Cynthia Bernstein bernscy[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.AUBURN.EDU

Subject: Re: Dialect tapes

See Ken Haley's "Some Complexities in Speech Identification" in the Fall

1990 issue of _The SECOL Review_. He reports that elderly adults more

often than children are misidentified (whites identified as black or

blacks as white) and that whites are more likely than blacks to

misidentify the speaker's ethnicity.

Cynthia Bernstein

Dept. of English

Auburn University, AL 36849-5203

On Fri, 15 Dec 1995, Tom Murray wrote:

Does anyone know of any good audio recordings that can be used to highlight the

fact that the initial judgments we make about people--their ethnicity, SEC, et

c.--when we can hear but not see them are often false? When I was in graduate

school at Indiana in the late '70s and early '80s, one of my professors had a r

eel-to-reel tape of about 30 speakers, black and white, various SECs, that made

this point beautifully; but when I queried her recently, she said the tape had

been used so much that it eventually wore out. I'll be grateful for any sugge

stions. Thanks in advance.