Date: Tue, 31 Jan 1995 08:02:24 EST From: Wayne Glowka 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 That guy outrages the females in my classes. They do everything but hiss. My wife hollered, "Who does that jerk think he is?" Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] BITNET Address: Wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]USCN