Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 16:26:46 -0500
From: Beverly Flanigan FLANIGAN[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: Re: Neck Hue
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.