Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 19:18:35 -0600 From: "Timothy C. Frazer" Subject: Re: Boston accent On Mon, 30 Jan 1995, Peter L. Patrick wrote: > Dan, > 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... > --plp > 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. . . .' Tim