Date: Fri, 31 Oct 1997 16:26:46 -0500 From: Beverly Flanigan 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.