Date: Wed, 17 Jan 1996 13:54:00 -0500 From: "J. Chambers" Subject: Re: A Query Sheepishly, Ihave to suggest that you might check an article of mine on the retention and loss of dialect features. The article is called "Dialect acquisition," Language 68 (1992): 673-705. Based on an emoirical study of the children of 2 Canadian families who moved to the south of England, and supported by everything comparable I could find in the literature, I formulated 8 principles of dialect acquisition. Most of them seem directly relevant to Tom's queries. (1) Lexical reppalcements are acquired faster than pronunciation and phonological variants; and (7) eliminating old rules occurs more rapidly than acquiring new ones. The principles are stated as explicitly as possible and should be testable by further studies. Jack Chambers