Bad TV dialects

Frank Abate abatefr at EARTHLINK.NET
Thu Oct 3 08:38:02 UTC 2002

Fritz J commented:


I hardly think of Clark Gable representing a southern dialect, even in Gone
with the Wind.  (I thought he was from Ohio).  I think most people can
recognize at least the difference between Jimmy Carter and Elvis.


I highly doubt that a majority of Americans can tell the diff between Carter
and Elvis.  They might be able to tell that they are both "Southern".

This is an opinion, but it is why I say (as I did recently here) that it's
linguists who are abnormal.  OK, unusual.

Frank Abate

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