Date: Tue, 8 Feb 1994 13:13:43 +0100 From: Peter Trudgill Subject: Re: Regional variation in BE The sociolinguistic (or is it psycholinguistic?) principle at work in all these anecdotes is simply that hearers notice what is different about a speakers accent, not what is the same. Some Midwestern members of my wife's family (she's from Illinois) maintain, in all seriousness, that after 12 years in Britain she sounds EXACTLY like me. They are quite wrong, of course, but that's how it seems to them! Peter Trudgill P.J. Trudgill FBA Professor of English Language and Linguistics Section d'anglais BFSH 2 University of Lausanne CH-1015 Lausanne Switzerland Phone: +41-21-692 4593 Fax: +41-21-692 4637/4510 Home Phone and Fax (CH): +41-21-728 1916 Home Phone and Fax (GB): +44-603-618036