Date: Thu, 19 Sep 1996 20:07:20 EDT


Subject: Re: Brogue

At 03:01 PM 9/19/96 EDT, you wrote:

Where in the U.S. is it attested? Do folks ever charac-

terize local or regional speech as a "brogue" in Texas? Indiana? West

Virginia? Arkansas? Is it used to refer only to accent or is it a more

generic term?

Thanks for any thoughts on this.

I have a colleague here who seems to use it to refer to any strong local

accent: "She grew up here, but she doesn't have the brogue." This woman is

in her late 50s, grew up and went to college in Charleston (but her parents

were from Maine), lived for a while in Columbus, GA, and in Waycross since

about '71. I haven't heard it in that use from anyone else, here or

elsewhere. It certainly meant Irish where I grew up, in Massachusetts.

David Johns

Waycross, GA