Another question, o learned one
Posted by MB on April 22, 1998 at 13:08:12:
In response to accents..., written by P. Bingham on April 22, 1998 at 01:36:50
Speaking of regional accents, I once heard some liguist-type guy spouting off theories. One of then was that the Southern dialects remained more genteel because the residents of the Southern colonies weren't as militantly anti-British as were the Northerners. And, by the same token, that New Englanders specifically over-emphasized consonants in order to differentiate themselves from their British ancestors/oppressors.
From an auditory viewpoint, this sounds (pun intended) sensible, but I'm not sure how historically correct he was. Any thoughts?
Sorry, I know this is rapidly veering off-topic. If you have no thoughts, slip me an NFM reply. Otherwise, feel free to e-mail me, if you would be so kind.
- Genteel Southern Accents Captain Everett 17:12:16 4/22/98 (1)
- Immigrants and Others MB 16:21:28 4/23/98 (0)
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