End of ADS-L Digest - 23 Nov 1993 to 24 Nov 1993 ************************************************ There are 4 messages totalling 76 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. diversity of accents (4) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Wed, 24 Nov 1993 22:17:22 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: diversity of accents More re change from above: In my investigation of "McDavid's Law" (|z| --> |d|/__N) several years ago (see Journal of English Linguistcs), it was very clear that the reversal of this change, once prevalent among the upper crust, was proceeding downward at present. It is not clear how much the media might be affecting this, but it clearly is a top-down process. There is always SOME movement BOTH ways, but I don't notice much evidence of such regularlized past participles as or unchanged preterits as making any gains on the social scale. I am worried that one of my own most cherished pronunciations, in which =, may be slipping, but I am not sure whether it is more due to media influence or Yankee colonization of the South. In any case, the development is not bottom-up. Lexicon is always most easily influenced by the media. How many people under 30 know any other term for (unless they grew up on a farm in Pennsylvania)? Store labeling plus advertising has made this the uniform term. --Rudy Troike