Date: Mon, 23 Jan 1995 17:24:42 -0600
From: "Jeffrey H. Allen AXIS CONTRACT" jhaaxis[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]SLATE.TID.CAT.COM.LOCAL
Subject: TV and dialect
Just a response to Tim Frazer's statement "I assume that TV has little effect on
dialect cause it's all one-way; it's not (yet) an interactive medium".
I agree that TV is far from being interactive, but it is influencial. Much
on the varieties that we call dialects in the statement. It is interesting to
in the Caribbean the influence that American TV has had on the French creole
in St. Lucia where British English has prevailed as the official language of the
country. Loanwords, especially in the area of new technology, (ie kompyouta)
entering into the French Creole.
Now turning Stateside, if we were to consider Louisiana French Creole and the
Cajun French varieties as competing dialects with English, TV has had a profound
effect of English loanword integration into these non-lexically related
It would also be interesting to investigate a diachronic survey of mass media
influence of American English upon Gullah English creole spoken on the islands
the coast of Georgia. Salikoko Mufwene at the University of Chicago has done a
lot of work on Gullah. He may have some comments on the acrolect affecting the
basilectal and mesolectal Creole varieties via mass media.
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