End of ADS-L Digest - 19 Mar 1994 to 21 Mar 1994 ************************************************ There are 5 messages totalling 96 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Actors and accents (2) 2. Bouncing message reports (2) 3. lucrative consultantship ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 22 Mar 1994 06:47:00 EDT From: "David A. Johns" Subject: Actors and accents The stereotyped identification of Southern accents with hickish themes, interestingly enough, is reversible. For any of you who admit to having watched Hee Haw, recall the regular who played the announcer at radio station KORN. When I first heard him, I was living in rural Wisconsin, and I remember thinking that he sounded just like some of the older farmers in that area. Later someone told me that he was actually a Canadian Shakespearean actor who was doing the Hee Haw shtick on a lark, and was apparently imitating rural accents from his home area. I've pointed him out to several Southerners over the past few years, and none had ever identified him as a Yankee. Rural <--> Southern. An even better example was the actor Walter Brennan. He always played Appalachian or Ozark hillbillies, but his accent always sounded to me like rural northern New England (I grew up in western Massachusetts). It turns out Brennan was born and raised in Lynn, Massachusetts, a suburb of Boston. Coming from there he shouldn't have sounded so rubish, but the basic vowel patterns would have been the same as in New Hampshire or Vermont. Again, no one I have ever asked, including Southern and Southern Midland speakers, ever suspected that anything was amiss -- unless they were familiar with that particular accent. Once more, rural <--> Southern. David Johns