Date: Mon, 21 Nov 1994 13:04:12 EST From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: song lyrics > My own favorite mishearing was when a linguist friend in grad >school (I won't tell her name, but she wrote an excellent phonetic/ >dialectological diss., also in coal-mining territory...) heard the >then-current Eric Clapton hit "Lay Down Sally" as "Way Down South". >Where Clapton learned to vocalize his L's is anybody's guess! > --peter patrick That's what I hear every time I hear the song. I have to force myself to hear the right thing. Salikoko Mufwene once remarked (in a very good article on Gullah) that native speakers have some means of supplying important information that is actually missing in the phonology of utterances. I've never had that means when it comes to songs. Just try figuring out the words to the Flint Stone theme song--"courtesy of Fred's two feet"--what? Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] BITNET Address: Wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]USCN