Date: Fri, 11 Mar 1994 12:40:53 CST From: "Donald M. Lance" Subject: Re: journalist seeks help Tim Frazer commented on conscious attempts to change accent. I agree that accent itself can't be changed by conscious effort -- not in a massive global sense. But one might change a relatively small pattern, such as [u] / [ju] after coronal obstruents, as I did in my teenage years. My language behavior lately, however, has made wonder how global and permanent the change was. I doubt that I could have been as successful with /I/ and /E/ before nasal consonants. I can make the I/E distinction in Spanish or German, but can't do it convincingly in English. When I read Old English words aloud, I access my "second language" phonological system and make the distinction, but in no way can I claim any degree of fluency in OE. I developed my Spanish phonology working in tomato and cotton fields with pre-bracero-era illegal workers from Mexico in my early teens. DMLance