Date: Tue, 7 May 1996 14:52:53 -0500 From: Katherine Catmull Subject: Re: wh- at ny- ews from Texas? On Tue, 7 May 1996, Allan Metcalf wrote: > ADS member and cinema dialect coach Allyn Partin asks for information on the > following in current Texas adult speech. ("Adult" meaning "grown up," not > something else.) She wants to help certain actors sound Texan. The answers to both these questions depend on what part of Texas the person is from (or trying to sound like they're from), the character's rural-ness or urban-ity, etc. That said-- > 1. Is there a distinction between wh- and w- ? Last year a dialect coach told me that "texas" is one of the few places to preserve this distinction. I was suspicious, but shortly afterwards began to hear it in the speech of people with strong West Texas and South Texas drawls. For whatever that's worth. I still don't hear it much in the faster, more nasal East Texas speech. > 2. Is there a [j] after the initial [n] in *news* etc? This sounds more East Texas-y to me. Sorry this obviously very informal. I once read the difference between West and East Texas accents described in terms of two men then running for Texas governor: Maaawk Whahht (Mark White) and Chim Maedix (Jim Maddox). The latter is particularly _nasal_. I guess it depends on whether the character is meant to sound like a classic cowboy or Ross Perot. Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]