Date: Fri, 27 Jan 1995 16:53:56 -0600
From: "Timothy C. Frazer" mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU
Subject: Re: TV and dialect
Responding to Jeff's interesting commentary on TV: when I mentioned the
NBC Handbook on Pronunciation, I was referring to the publication which
was used by the network to train radio speakers: The __NBC Handbook of
Pronunciation___ compiled by james F. Bender (New York: 1943, 1951, 1964).
Tom Donahue and William Van Riper both argue that this book, along
with John Kenyon's work on pronunciation (including Webster's Second
International) led to the spread of the rhotic Inland Northern dialect in
radio and in films. (Old movie buffs will remember the r-less dialects
in thirties movies. I have a tape of a 30s "Shadow" broadcast which is
full of r-lessness).
I'd like to get another thread going on the shift from a pseudo-British
or upper-class NY dialect to Inland NOrthern around the time of WWII in
the media, but that's too great a digression from where we are.