Photos for sociolinguists

Mai Kuha mkuha at BSU.EDU
Tue Jul 9 02:35:42 UTC 2002

It's nice that the "I'll buy almost anything" part of the sign is visible,
because it provides a clue that the establishment doesn't sell hawks or hawk
supplies, or have clientele consisting of hawks, but is actually a hock
shop, probably owned by someone who participates in the low vowel merge.

Thanks to everyone for the positive responses on- and off-list!


> From: "Baker, John" <JMB at STRADLEY.COM>
> What's the significance of the Muncie Hawk Shop?
> John Baker
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Mai Kuha [mailto:mkuha at BSU.EDU]
> Dear all, I've started a collection of original photos relevant to language
> variation:
> I hope some of you will find the images entertaining or maybe even useful.
> The most recent photos can be viewed and downloaded in color or B&W. There
> are only 4 items so far, but I'm happy to announce that one of these is the
> Muncie Hawk Shop that Herb Stahlke noticed!
> -Mai

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