Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Jan 10 13:57:31 UTC 2001

>This is a really interesting observation. It would appear that the
>fast (allegro) speech pronunciation (not "dialect" I suspect) form
>of "Indian" has given rise to a new "ordinary" (i.e., non-allegro)
>form (which has become pejorative). Dialect forms which have had a
>similar fate (but which better fit the definition suggested here)
>would include Jimmy Carter's EYE-talian, for example.


>On Tue, 9 Jan 2001 21:19:25 EST RonButters at AOL.COM writes:
>>  Yes, INJUN has indeed a long history as a slur. I'd say that INJUN :
>>  INDIAN =
>Might it be more like Nigra:Negro, i.e., a non-pejorative (given the
>contingencies of time and place) dialect difference?

Dennis R. Preston
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Michigan State University
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