Date: Mon, 21 Nov 1994 08:53:15 EST
From: Wayne Glowka wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MAIL.GAC.PEACHNET.EDU
Subject: s/sh, ethical dative, and songs
There is a retracted /s/ that sounds like /S/ is central Texas. You could
here it in LBJ's pronunciation. It also appeared in the speech of one of
my brothers when he became a licensed pipe fitter in San Antonio in the
early seventies. A curious thing to me (and a counterexample to some
claims made in lectures about clusters in English) is the central Georgia
/sr/ in _shrimp_, a mark of low caste to some natives.
I'm gonna hire me a wino
To decorate our home
So you'll feel more at ease, dear,
And you won't have to roam.
The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down
I listened to the Band recording over and over again when I tried to learn
the song as a college student. The first problem was the bad quality of
the recording. At any rate, I ended up not singing the song much because
the people who hated hearing it told me so a lot. I always sang "Till
Stoleman's cavalry came/ And tore up the tracks again." By the way, what
does it mean "to drive old Dixie down"? And why are the bells ringing and
the people singing "Na, na, . . . "?
I always have a hard time figuring out what songs say and am always
impressed by people who claim to know what the words are supposed to be. I
think that I give them more credit than they deserve. But when you sing
the "wrong" words, people let you know.
Professor of English
Director of Research and Graduate Student Services
Milledgeville, GA 31061
wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]mail.gac.peachnet.edu
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