End of ADS-L Digest - 11 Sep 1994 to 12 Sep 1994 ************************************************ There is one message totalling 36 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. etaoin shrdlu ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 13 Sep 1994 09:16:14 -0500 From: debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UIUC.EDU Subject: Re: etaoin shrdlu > >Wayne Glowka say, >I was once told by an English major from Chile that Chilean comedians >imitate the sounds of English (without using any English at all) by endless >repetition of fricatives, especially /s/. She did not specify which vowels >should go between the s's. Notably, she did not get the joke when someone >in class (me) imitated Spanish by making a lot of /k/ and trilled /r/ >sounds; however, we were on common ground with a honking nasal imitation of >French. My friend Lucy Moreira, a romance linguist who just left Urbana to teach at UGA, came back from Athens last month after house-hunting and did an imitation of a southern accent that, despite her own Brazilian phones, was both quite recognizable and not unlike my own feeble attempts to reproduce one. Of course she also found out that anyone with a Hispanic accent trying to rent in Athens is just plain out of luck. In the end she had to have someone else rent for her. Welcome to America. dennis -- Dennis Baron debaron[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uiuc.edu Department of English 217-333-2392 University of Illinois fax: 217-333-4321 608 South Wright Street Urbana, Illinois 61801