Date: Thu, 25 Nov 1993 05:33:03 -0600 From: Natalie Maynor Subject: Re: diversity of accents >I'm really interested in all the responses, since I looked for citations for my >dissertation from linguists refuting the myth that television would lead to >homogeneity in Am. Eng. and it was hard to find this discussion in print >anywhere. I also have looked in vain for print discussion of this topic. I was looking for it because somebody once asked me what evidence I had for my casual comment that television and radio have not affected dialectal diversity in the U.S. -- *except in lexicon*. I finally had to give up and reply that the lack of evidence that there has been such influence leads us to believe that there hasn't been. Although I've never dealt with this topic in any work I was doing for publication, I've mentioned it from time to time in teaching or in general conversation and have pointed out that our speech does not seem to be affected very much by listening to somebody on television or radio -- that interaction is required for such influence to occur (except in lexicon). I don't know why I "know" this, however, and will appreciate the help if anybody can tell me why I think I know it. I've always said "except in lexicon" because it has always seemed common sensical to me that the media do influence lexicon. --Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]