Does Southern speech suck?
flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Tue Apr 2 17:38:30 UTC 2002
Newspaper columnists are a good source of pro and con comments on Southern,
hillbilly, black, etc. speech. I have an old column by James Kilpatrick
(politely decrying Black English) and one by Mike Royko (mocking BE so
viciously that I wonder why he was so uniformly praised after he died); and
a student recently gave me a column by Bob Sanders of the Opelika-Auburn
News. Sanders talks nostalgically about the loss of R-lessness in
southern kids and the loss of final R in his "hillbilly" kin (as in
'winders') and adds "Alas, we're all starting to sound like Peter Jennings."
And long before Clinton, negative comments appeared regularly on LBJ and
At 11:54 AM 4/2/02 -0500, you wrote:
>RonButters at AOL.COM wrote:
>>One of my colleagues sent me the following inquiry. Can anyone help? I am
>>momentarily (?) stumped.
>>> One of my students wants to look at negative attitudes
>>> towards Southern speech for her next writing project but,
>>> although we can
>>> find plenty of linguistic analyses of it, we cannot find any emotional
>>> editorials either declaiming or supporting Southern speech. Any hints
>>> you could give us?
>I don't think you'd find a lot of editorials explicitly on this
>topic. However, you might find throwaway comments about southern
>speech in articles about the Bubbaization of US politics during the
>Clinton administration. I remember a lot of such articles when
>Clinton was first running, and some of them included comments about
>linguistic forms. Another place to look is for criticisms of Dan
>Rather's folksy (or pseudo-folksy?) expressions.
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