Springfield Mo. harsh dialect

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Jun 5 15:29:34 UTC 2006

At 10:21 AM -0500 6/5/06, Paul Johnson wrote:
>Paul Johnson
>I am an interested lurker on this list and have noticed that in the last
>year or so the female news readers on the Springfield TV stations,have
>taken on a harsh, almost screechy voice, best I can describe it as is a
>Vally girl sound plus a high pitched screech.
>Is there a name or a reason for this?  (outside of irritating me?)
>Has anyone else noticed this?
>Is it becoming nationwide?
>I can not believe that some school of drama or journalism would be
>teaching this.
Is that Springfield as in IL, MO, MA, or as on the Simpsons?


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