Date: Mon, 3 Oct 1994 10:44:56 -0400 From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." Subject: Re: dialect leveling The first citation that I know about for the effects of army personnel on dialect is McDavid's "Postvocalic -r in South Carolina: A Social Analysis" (AmSp 23, 1948), which suggests that the influx of army people might be changing patterns of use of -r in SC. The best recent article is, I think, J. K. Chambers' article in *Language* (1992) called "Dialct Acquisition", which is the product of a long period of work and has lots of references. Regards, Bill ****************************************************************************** Bill Kretzschmar Phone: 706-542-2246 Dept. of English FAX: 706-542-2181 University of Georgia Internet: billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Athens, GA 30602-6205 Bitnet: wakjengl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga