Date: Sat, 10 Sep 1994 15:12:53 -0700 From: THOMAS L CLARK Subject: Re: Language and Status On Sat, 10 Sep 1994, Timothy C. Frazer wrote: > How about the movie "Working Girl" which was discussed here last week? > (I still haven't seen it!) I ran out and rented it after someone on the list mentioned it. Melanie Griffin does a pretty good pygmalion dragging herself up by her bootstraps, but the message is not so clear as in the Leslie Howard production. Melanie takes a speech class, which we never attend. She practices pronouncing Sigourney Weaver's voice a bit. She gets rid of the 'big hair' and dresses for success. She pulls off a business deal and gets her man at the end. But Harrison Ford isn't that great a catch, and the linguistic aspect of status is very minor in the production. I'll stick with the 1939 production for a bit. Cheers, tlc