Non native speaker?

Lesa Dill lesa.dill at WKU.EDU
Wed Oct 23 18:23:49 UTC 2002

The debate about the identity  of the sniper is being debated currently on the
Forensic Linguistics listserv.  There's quite an argument about whether the
person is native or non-native.  I'd have to agree with you and say native.  I
agree with your comments about the phrasing of the statement about our
children being in danger.  It is stylistically well formed.  I also think it's
easy, intentionally or not, to sound garbled, illiterate and/or non-native.

Isn't the sound subsitution regular in Black English/Ebonics/African American
English?  What's PC in linguistics for that these days?  Certainly not the


Duane Campbell wrote:

> According to published reports, the notes left by the sniper are in an
> imperfect English indicating perhaps a non-native speaker. Yet the one
> sentence they have released -- "Your children are not safe at any time or
> in any place." (from memory) -- strikes me as a very well crafted
> sentence. Not just lucid and free from error, but stylish.
> Any forensic linguists on the list? Is there such a thing as a forensic
> linguist?
> While I'm asking questions, Chief Moose (who is, incidentally, Dr. Moose)
> replaces all of his "th" sounds with either a hard "D" (initial) or "F".
> I have heard this from time to time, though usually not so pronounced,
> including a classmate in 1950s rural Pennsylvania with a 100 percent
> white school population. I had always assumed it was a minor speech
> impediment (is there a new PC word for this?) or an ideomorph. Are there
> dialects that include this shift?
> D

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