Date: Sat, 19 Mar 1994 07:36:59 -0600 From: mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU Subject: Re: journalist seeks help On Fri, 11 Mar 1994, Donald M. Lance wrote: > 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 > I'm a week behind, Don. But I wanted to note I was especially thinking of folks like that lady in Chatanooga who gives speech lessons to southerners who want to talk like Yankees cause they want to get ahead. I can't believe she has any success withjust those office visits and tongue strengtheners. Ifhere clients moved to Cleveland and hung out with Yankee yuppies, of course, that's different, but notconscious either. Tim Frazer