Date: Sat, 1 Nov 1997 10:11:07 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" Subject: Re: Neck Hue Beverly, When I was an undergrad at IU (before you were born), the locals were called 'cutters' (for the same stone-cutting reasons you mention). When did it change to 'stoneys'? Dennis > A similar label in Bloomington, Indiana was "stoney," for the kids > whose parents worked in the limestone quarries south of town, and for > all non-town, non-IU kids. Cf. "farmer," "plowboy," etc. up North. > > The social stereotyping extends beyond schoolkids, unfortunately. An > ESL teacher here was sneering at the speech of local kids just the > other day, noting in particular a neighboring town called Chauncey (how > do you all pronounce that name, by the way?) and adding, "Thank > goodness my kids are out of school" (presumably to avoid coming "under > the influence" any longer). Sadly, a linguist colleague commented that > Ohio elementary school teachers should all be required to take courses > in teaching ESL so they could teach Standard English as a Second > Dialect to these kids. Dennis R. Preston Department of Linguistics and Languages Michigan State University East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Office: (517)353-0740 Fax: (517)432-2736