Doonesbury on accent and acts of identity

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Sun Apr 11 22:30:47 UTC 2004

Doonesbury cartoon of 4/11/04, two young guys sitting on couch and
talking.  (i haven't kept up with Doonesbury, so i don't know their
names.  the guy i'll call Shades is a blond, clean-shaven, wearing
sunglasses; the guy i'll call Goatee is black-haired, with a goatee.)

frame 1:
   Shades: Hey, ever notice Bush is the only one in his family with a
Texas accent?

frame 2:
   Shades: I mean, he and his bros all grew up and lived in Texas -- his
parents were there for 20 years -- but only Dubya has a twang...

frame 3:
   Shades: ...even after all those years in eastern schools.  Why do you
suppose that is?

frame 4:
   Goatee: Well, maybe he didn't identify with his own family.  Accents
can reveal longings and aspirations...

frame 5:
   Goatee: I myself grew up in California, and yet to this day I have a
distinct Wisconsin accent.

frame 6:
   Shades: Packers fan?
   Goatee: No, just a deep love of dairy products.

arnold (zwicky at, noting that the california dairy
   have been advertising california as a really great place for cows

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