Date: Wed, 9 Feb 1994 11:01:11 -0500
From: ALICE FABER FABER%LENNY[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]VENUS.CIS.YALE.EDU
Subject: Dialect shift??
Peter Trudgill's comments on trans-Atlantic dialect shift definitely ring
true. I have a cousin who grew up just outside of NYC who has been living in
London for the past 15 years or so. When she answers the phone, she sounds
British to me, but after she's been speaking a while, the only non-American
features I notice in her speech are lexical (e.g., QUITE instead of REALLY as
an empathetic marker of agreement). Even when she sounds the most British to
me, I can't imagine that she would sound at all British to a native Londoner.
Faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]Yalehask.bitnet
--Thank you very much to all who responded to my recent query about dialect
differences and the media. Even though I've seen other people, on this list
and on others, get quick responses to questions of that sort. But it was a
pleasant surprise, and extremely gratifying, to have assistance tracking down
things I should have been able to find for myself but didn't have time for.
So, thank you all. AF