Date: Tue, 10 Sep 1996 17:56:08 -0400
From: Allan Metcalf AAllan[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Questions from inside: Southern accents
An inmate at Alabama State Prison sends a note with these questions:
"I have a question concerning dialects in the U.S. In the last few years
I've noticed a change in the speech of students in suburban schools. There is
not a 'Southern' accent anymore at these schools. It sounds as if it were
homogenized with other dialects around the country. Do you have any
information on this phenomenon?
"Another question I would like to ask. What happened to the old Aristocrat
Southern accent? Thank you for your time."
These seem reasonable questions to raise on ADS-L. If anyone has good
answers, I'll send them on to the questioner. - Allan Metcalf