End of ADS-L Digest - 25 Jan 1994 to 26 Jan 1994 ************************************************ There are 6 messages totalling 124 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. TV and dialect diversity (4) 2. waiter/waitress (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Thu, 27 Jan 1994 12:37:15 -0500 From: ALICE FABER Subject: TV and dialect diversity For a grant proposal that I am preparing with a tight deadline, I need specific print references defending the statement that TV viewing doesn't lead to a reduction in dialect differences or a homogenization of dialect variation. (Of course, I'd love anecdotes, also, but, for purposes of the proposal, citations are better.) I recall seeing a reference somewhere in something by Labov that extensive TV viewing doesn't make BEV-speaking children any less vernacular (or more "standard"). And there's also a claim out there that hearing children of deaf parents don't learn spoken language at all through TV. And one could make a claim (tho I don't know if it's been made) that any network connection between a person and an electronic source is weaker than any connection that person has with his/her social network. Thanks in advance for any leads you can provide. Alice Faber Faber[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]Yalehask.bitnet Faber%Yalehask[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]venus.ycc.yale.edu