Date: Fri, 6 Sep 1996 16:34:14 -0400
From: Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: American accent: nasal
Mike Picone comments:
"Americans over there
are often said to have a nasalized accent."
I would comment that "nasal" is a pejorative term for "funny way of talking
that sounds bad to me." Even worse is the "nasal drawl." I have been
collecting odd citations of this by persons who I suspect couldn't tell a
nasal from an anal, but who find that "nasal" gives them a seemingly
scientific objective reason for objecting.
One example is the novels of Arthur Hailey: there's a "nasal Texas drawl" in
one of them, and a "nasal California drawl" in another.
I guess the French think likewise. - Allan Metcalf