Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 10:11:07 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: Neck Hue
When I was an undergrad at IU (before you were born), the locals were
called 'cutters' (for the same stone-cutting reasons you mention). When did
it change to 'stoneys'?
A similar label in Bloomington, Indiana was "stoney," for the kids
whose parents worked in the limestone quarries south of town, and for
all non-town, non-IU kids. Cf. "farmer," "plowboy," etc. up North.
The social stereotyping extends beyond schoolkids, unfortunately. An
ESL teacher here was sneering at the speech of local kids just the
other day, noting in particular a neighboring town called Chauncey (how
do you all pronounce that name, by the way?) and adding, "Thank
goodness my kids are out of school" (presumably to avoid coming "under
the influence" any longer). Sadly, a linguist colleague commented that
Ohio elementary school teachers should all be required to take courses
in teaching ESL so they could teach Standard English as a Second
Dialect to these kids.
Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu