Date: Tue, 31 Jan 1995 08:02:24 EST
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GC3.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: Re: Boston accent
On Mon, 30 Jan 1995, Peter L. Patrick wrote:
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...
I dunno if he was Italian or not but he says his accent "drives the women
nuts. They say, 'are you Italian?' and I say 'ya mudda. . . .'
That guy outrages the females in my classes. They do everything but hiss.
My wife hollered, "Who does that jerk think he is?"
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Director of Research and Graduate Student Services
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