Grant (in NY?)
aaron at LING.ED.AC.UK
Wed Aug 4 19:14:33 UTC 1999
On Wed, 4 Aug 1999, Mai Kuha wrote:
}So, are we all anxiously anticipating this new movie in which Hugh Grant's
}character struggles to acquire a second dialect, only to be told at the
}end: "You sound funny?"?
I could very easily pass up a Hugh Grant movie. I think Gweneth Paltrow
could play that kind of part very well. (Please bear in mind that I have
no idea what this new movie is about).
As one who is spending an awful lot of time in a library researching
second dialect acquisition, the "you sound funny" is right. I'm easily
picked up for an American here, but in the U.S., everyone says I sound
Scottish (which offends my fiancee to no end).
Many young expatriates (to read "some of my subjects that have made a
trans-Atlantic move") have a "no-man's land" Mid-Atlantic dialect. Also
some English folk that have moved here, or some Scots that have spent a
lot of time in England also "sound funny". Semi-rhoticity sounds
really funny.... and it provides lots of thesis fodder!
Aaron E. Drews The University of Edinburgh
+44 (0)131 650-3485 Departments of English Language
http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~aaron and Linguistics
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