End of ADS-L Digest - 8 Oct 1994 to 9 Oct 1994 ********************************************** There are 4 messages totalling 110 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. Phila. dialect 2. Language and Education (2) 3. Antilogies ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Mon, 10 Oct 1994 08:31:46 EDT From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: Phila. dialect As a poor soul who used to ride into Philadelphia for several years by taking the bus from West Whester and then the el from 69th street (one can watch the Pepsi bottles fly off the roofs of bombed out houses toward the metal band on the el car), I can tell you that the dialect situation in Philadelphia is extremely complex. Neighborhoods are important since they are tied directly in many cases to ethnicity and social/economic status. I learned this summer just how similar West Philadephia speech out by the GE plant is to Dublin English. Accent also changes as one takes the train out the mainline to Paoli and beyond. By the time you're out in West Chester, you're out in a different world. Folks out there sound like upper Chesapeake folks--depending on many things, of course. But these are all uninformed impressions. By the way, Sledd (if I may take his name in vain) was mercilessly cruel in class on atlas treatment of cities like Philadelphia. 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]mail.gac.peachnet.edu