Date: Wed, 12 Oct 1994 00:48:43 -0400
From: PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
Subject: Re: Phila. dialect
As other folks pointed out re: Philly dialect studies, Labov and a
whole list of collaborators have written a whole slew of stuff. But a
starting point (for white, as opposed to black, Philly vernacular)
would be "The Exact description of the speech community", which
painstakingly describes the precise phonetic conditioning of the /ae/
to /aeh/ split. But it also briefly notes and reviews other Philly
studies, from the 1940s on, including Ferguson, Cofer etc.
Unfortunately I don't know where it's published, I only have a
mid-80s manuscript. Anybody know the proper ref?
"Three Dialects of English" also has some Philly stuff (pub. I
think in Penny Eckert's edited NWAVE volume, 1992?)...