laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Aug 1 02:47:21 UTC 2005
At 10:56 AM -0400 7/28/05, sagehen wrote:
>>So, that the speaker was white and that "gwine" hasn't always been
>>regarded as a peculiarity of Negro dialect is a distinct possibility.
>>"Veddy interesting," as they used to say on Laugh-In.
>My first thought was /Irish/, triggered by the "jints" but then I'd have
>expected "divil," so that didn't work. Then I briefly wondered, /written
>testimony?/ but the gross spelling inconsistencies made that unlikely.
>/Inept eye dialect/ is my current notion, which makes me think it
>unreliable as a reference for "gwine."
>Using "rite" and "strait" and "cum" suggest simply plugging in conventional
>markers to indicate uneducated speech, since they have no phonemic
Well, they also have the virtue of disambiguation...
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