Date: Mon, 30 Jan 1995 19:28:44 -0600 From: Daniel S Goodman 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. Thanks -- and this brings up another question. This writer's Bostonian characters use (in drafts I've seen so far) more Irishisms than I hear from Irish-born residents of the Twin Cities. (Including one musician with a rural Irish accent the average Dubliner might have trouble understanding.) She says it's the way the Irish side of her family talks (NYC Irish, not Boston Irish -- I don't know how much difference this makes.) And I have the impression that my relatives whose native language was Yiddish used fewer Yiddish words when speaking English than the ones who grew up English-speaking. Is there a term for this, and has it been discussed in print? Dan Goodman dsg[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]