Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 18:02:03 -0500
From: "Peter L. Patrick" PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
Subject: Re: Boston accent
Martha Laferriere had an article in Language in 1979
("Ethnicity in Phon'l Variation & Change") which contrasted Boston
Irish, Jewish and Italian speech for low vowels. She looked at
different generations and gave a nice picture of social change and why
the Irish, as I recall, kept the least prestigious accent longest.
Also, is it "American Tongues" (the video) that has a nice interview
with a young Boston Irish guy? seemed like a good example to me, but I
don't know much about Boston...