End of ADS-L Digest - 26 Nov 1993 to 27 Nov 1993 ************************************************ There are 9 messages totalling 185 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. diversity of accents (2) 2. diversity of accents revisited 3. Mail Order / Pin-Pen / LAGS (4) 4. egg-aig (2) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 28 Nov 1993 13:38:09 -0500 From: "J. Chambers" Subject: Re: diversity of accents Regarding Tim Frazer's & Rudy Troike's recollections of the hearing children of deaf parents who couldn't learn English by watching television, the only written reference I know is Susan Ervin-Tripp (1973) "Some strategies for the first two years," in Timothy Moore, ed., Cognition and the Acquisition of Language. NY: Academic Press. 261-86. I cite Ervin-Tripp with some others as evidence that mass media do NOT affect speech in any significant way. Although there is a widespread popular belief that the mass media are highly influential linguistically, they seem completely uninfluential apart from the most superficial level, namely the dissemination of lexical items. (Yabba-dabba-doo!) This discussion is in "Sociolinguistic dialectology", my chapter in Dennis Preston's new ADS centennial vol., American Dialect Research, published by Benjamins. Jack Chambers This discussion is part of "Sociolinguistic dialectology,