Brooklyn-New Orleans-... accent -Forwarded

Barbara Hill Hudson bhhudson at GROVE.IUP.EDU
Mon May 10 03:17:22 UTC 1999

The novel *A Confederacy of Dunces*  by Toole has a brief discussion on the
language similarities between Brooklyn and New Orleans.  Toole  seems to
believe that both varieties were influenced by French water men.

Barbara Hill Hudson
Department of English
Indiana, PA

-----Original Message-----
From: Bethany K. Dumas <dumasb at UTK.EDU>
Date: Saturday, May 08, 1999 9:45 AM
Subject: Re: Brooklyn-New Orleans-... accent -Forwarded

>INdeed, it IS "Channel Irish" in the speech of the persons I was referring
>to. The term refers to the speakers of the dialect.
>On Sat, 8 May 1999, Ed Deluzain wrote:
>>It's not Channel Irish, but Irish Channel.  It's part of the "uptown
>>district," which is really south.  Compass directions mean nothing in New
>>Oreleans.  If you want to find the heart of the Irish Channel, look up St.
>>Alphonsus Catholic Church or St. Mary's Assumption Catholic Church.
>>the two that are still in use.  Both are gorgeous in their art work, and,
>>supposedly, St. Mary's Assumption has a saint buried in the floor. !
>>"Bethany K. Dumas" wrote:
>>> I have not been following this thread closely, but I do not think I have
>>> seen the term "Channel Irish" yet -- when I taught in Baton Rouge, my
>>> students from NO could all tell exactly which part of NO other students
>>> were from --
>>> Bethany
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