Date: Sat, 30 Jul 1994 08:17:35 -0700
From: THOMAS L CLARK tlc[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NEVADA.EDU
Subject: Re: Forrest Gump
On Fri, 29 Jul 1994, Timothy C. Frazer wrote:
I know there are dialect coaches out there; in
fact one gave a paper at ADS several years ago and has a book. Can't
remember is name but a have a clipping about him somewhere. But a lot of
these actors don't seem to have had much coaching.
The dialect coach you are trying to remember is Allyn Partin. She has
given at least two talks at ADS annual meetings. Her husband makes
instructional tapes for various stage dialects: various American dialects
and British dialects as well as accents for non-native speakers speaking
Other dialect coaches inhabit this part of the Southwest. Nearly to a
person they say that the dialect coach is to give a hint of dialect, not
a drop-dead imitation. Directors are afraid that too accurate a
portrayal will necessitate making subtitles for some dialects.