Date: Thu, 18 Jan 1996 08:16:19 -0500

From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU

Subject: Re: A Query

Paul Kerswill's Dialects Converging, Oxford Univ. Press (especially Chapter

6) looks at different linguistic levels and the degree of accommodation

rural migrants (to Bergen, Norway) make. Although morpho-lexical stuff is

'easier' to acquire than pohonology, the acquisition of phonological

factors (even after age 16) is greater than that suggested in some of the

other literature cited here so far.

In addition to the Chamber's article on acquisition of a new dialect, you

might consider looking at parts of Labov's Principles of Linguistic

Change that cover the work of J. Roberts, who looks at the acquisition the

Philadelphia dialect by people who migrate to Philadelphia. The focus is

on phonology.

Some of her work makes clear that age when migrating is crucial,

particularly in relation to acquiring the phonology.

Terry Irons



Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]

Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164

Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351


Dennis R. Preston

Department of Linguistics and Languages

Michigan State University