On Campbells and camels
jessie at SIRSI.COM
Thu Aug 3 14:03:06 UTC 2000
Another couple of bits of data on the South Midland/Southern theory:
1. There is a town in North Alabama called "Phil Campbell." For natives of
PC, while the /b/ is not as evident as the TV pronunciation of "Campbell's
Soup," there is still a stop in the middle of "Campbell." I don't think
that it can be simplified into /kaeml/ or /kaem at l/.
2. Sometimes in the South (and maybe elsewhere, as well), some religious
groups that believe in predestination are called /kaem at laIts/--it's even
spelled "Camelites" sometimes. It comes from "Campbellites," the names of
followers of a particular Scottish religious leader (I think--religious
history is not my forte).
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