Date: Sat, 21 Jan 1995 18:26:58 -0500
From: Claudio Salvucci CSALVUCCI[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]DELPHI.COM
Subject: Re: TV and dialect
What is TV (and I'll broaden the question to include other forms
of mass media: radio, recorded media, etc.) doing to dialects?
I would have thought that American dialects didn't have a
prayer, but Labov points out that the studies done since the advent
of mass media show that sound change is continuing vigorously in many
areas. Kinda reassuring, isn't it?
(see Labov, _The Social Origins of Sound Change_, in _Locating
Language in Time and Space_)
This is, I think, a fascinating question, mostly because this
phenomenon of mass media is so new to the world. Any of yas have some
thoughts on this?
Claudio R. Salvucci
csalvucci[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]delphi.com