seeking AAVE/SAE matched guise speech samples

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Fri Sep 7 16:39:53 UTC 2001

John Laver and Peter Trudgill wrote some time ago on vocal types and
and dialect, John Esling (U. Victoria. Canada) is currently engaged
in such research, but it is little mentioned in "standard" dialect

Pragmatic was the not so esoteric word.


>  >dInIs writes:
>>  Different voice settings (e.g., creaky voice), different intonation
>>patternms (woefully >understudied in US dialectology), and different "ways
>>of speaking" (various >poragmatic features) may be much more important
>>than vowels and consonants.
>>I leave lexicon, morphology, and syntax out of it, although all play
>>important roles, >but this discussion sees to have focused on phonology.
>I used to assume that vocal timbre was largely physically determined, but
>have come to believe that the learned component may be at least as great  &
>perhaps greater. (Part of my evidence for this is the high incidence of of
>a sort of chipmunky voice in the post-tv generation, that I attribute to a
>lot of exposure to animated cartoons & similar vocal models.)  That being
>so (she said, glibly), I wonder to what extent it is considered to be a
>part of dialect by the scholars in this field.
>A. Murie
>Having sought in vain for a definition of the Obviously Recondite term
>"poragmatic," I'm beginning to suspect it is a typo....?

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