Date: Mon, 14 Mar 1994 10:02:35 -0600 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Re: Conscious Learning of Accent While working in upstate NY one summer when I was in college, I changed my pronunciation of the name Karen from [ke...] to [kE...] because I was getting tired of the laughter from the teenagers in the water-skiing class every time I spoke to Karen. Interestingly, that change has stuck with me for Karen, Mary, dairy, etc. except that I found myself saying [ker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n] again not long ago when talking to my mother about a former neighbor of that name -- somebody I had always called [ker[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n] since I had known her before my shift to [kEr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n]. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]