Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Jan 10 18:21:40 UTC 2001



>In a message dated 1/10/2001 8:55:28 AM, preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU writes:
><< >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. >>
>And if you say INDIANAN fast enough, it comes uot HOOSIER?

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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