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.)
Shades: Hey, ever notice Bush is the only one in his family with a
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...
Shades: ...even after all those years in eastern schools. Why do you
suppose that is?
Goatee: Well, maybe he didn't identify with his own family. Accents
can reveal longings and aspirations...
Goatee: I myself grew up in California, and yet to this day I have a
distinct Wisconsin accent.
Shades: Packers fan?
Goatee: No, just a deep love of dairy products.
arnold (zwicky at csli.stanford.edu), noting that the california dairy
have been advertising california as a really great place for cows
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