Bad TV dialects

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Oct 2 15:12:09 UTC 2002

Hmmmm. What a venting it would be if the authentic speakers from
those areas represented by such TV-reality shows as the Beverly
Hillbillies, Dukes of Hazard, and their ilk were were vented upon.


>Ok, I have to vent. I watched a few minutes of _Hack_
>the other night. It's supposed to take place in
>Philadelphia, but like last year's _Philly_ everyone
>seems to sound like New Yorkers. Don't those Hollywood
>people know what a Philly dialect sounds like? It
>makes me miss _Homicide_ where at least the extras
>actually sounded like Baltimorians.
>Feel free to commiserate if your city/region fails to
>get proper treatemnt on TV!
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Dennis R. Preston
Professor of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics and Languages
740 Wells Hall A
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027 USA
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