Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Nov 21 13:01:06 UTC 2001

Indeed we have, and, although I am paraphrasing, one of our official
blurbs notes that we are concerned with varieties of American English
and languages and dialects influencing it or influenced by it. An
even more recent decision, regarding our editorial policy, suggests
that we are also concerned with general, theoretical concerns of
dialect and language variation.

If BritEng is not one of the varieties "influencing and influenced
by" AmerEng I'll eat my toboggan.

dInIs (who now knows, having lived in MI for almost 20 years, that
that also is stuff to wear, not only to slide down hills on after the
year turns ugly)

>--On Tuesday, November 20, 2001 9:07 pm +0000 "James A. Landau"
><JJJRLandau at AOL.COM> wrote:
>>In _Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire_, pp 418f of the hardback,
>>Hermione is trying to teach Victor Krum, who is from Bulgaria, how to
>>pronounce her name.
>>Victor:       "Hermy-own"
>>Hermione:  "Her-my-oh-nee"
>>Victor:        "Herm-own-ninny"
>>Hermione:  "Close enough"
>I wonder if Rowling put this in the book because she discovered how many of
>her readers were pronouncing it wrong.  My goddaughter and her mother had
>read all the books aloud reading 'Hermee-own', and then they got the audio
>version and panicked that their perception of the world was _wrong_.
>>P.S.  My daughter wants to know why I'm posting a question about BRITISH
>>speech on the mailing list of the AMERICAN Dialect Society.  Shouldn't I
>>be looking for a British Dialect Society?
>Haven't we proposed before that we're the American [Dialect Society] rather
>than the [American Dialect] Society?
>Dr M Lynne Murphy
>Lecturer in Linguistics
>Acting Director, MA in Applied Linguistics
>School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences
>University of Sussex
>Brighton BN1 9QH
>phone +44-(0)1273-678844
>fax   +44-(0)1273-671320

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