Date: Mon, 14 Mar 1994 19:08:13 EST From: BERGDAHL%A1.OUVAX.mrgate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU Subject: Re: Conscious Learning of Accent From: NAME: David Bergdahl FUNC: English TEL: (614) 593-2783 To: NAME: MX%"ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]" This is only tangential to the question of whether dialect features may be unlearned or replaced, but I was on a Fulbright to Goettingen in the mid-70's and a colleague and a friend, Armin Paul Frank, had a slight stutter in German which was missing in English. I was reminded of this by Don Lance's comment that he was able to do [E]_____{nasal} in Spanish with more regularity than in English. But the dark side of my anecdote is that when I last saw Armin 15 years ago he had begun to stutter in English too. Now my analysis of this is that like Don he had learned a completely new set of habits when he learned English, but as they became automatic [?and transferred to a different brain area?] the stutter returned. The occasion was my wife's funeral, so that the emotional content may have contributed--he'd just driven from State College PA to attend--but I suspect that automaticity had a lot to do with it. The lesson is, keep learning a new language? :-) David Bergdahl Ohio University/Athens BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU