Date: Mon, 22 Nov 1993 21:15:41 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: Diversity of accents Joan, It's not so simple as we dialectologists, always going for the larger picture, like to make out. Individuals will be individuals, at least at times, no matter how much we try to squeeze them into our isoglosses or sociolinguis- tic variables. I remember reading an interview some years ago with someone who grew up in Brooklyn, in which he commented that his friends early on said that he was eventually going to leave Brooklyn when he grew up, because he did not sound like his peers. And he did leave. Unfortunately the interview was printed, so there was no way to prove this, but it does suggest people are not Skinner-conditioned, and may select which aspects of the environment they will attend to as most salient. I have a colleague from Montana who sounds like a Britisher. Rudy Troike