Date: Fri, 1 Mar 1996 12:15:15 -0800 From: David Robertson Subject: speed I agree, CUBAN SPANISH (and the San Sebastian CASTELLANO of an acquaintance of mine) is characterized by a machine-gun delivery. The consensus among the Native American sources familiar to me appears to be that LAKOTA is spoken especially rapidly. Also, I've always been told that my native speech, the ENGLISH-language dialect of Spokane, Washington, is markedly slower than the speech of New York City, where I lived for 7 years in college. I believe it; I'd heard NYC accents before moving there, but when I arrived I could barely understand people, due to the speed factor. Any other notes? Dave