shero in re glottal stop

Wilson Gray hwgray at EARTHLINK.NET
Wed Jun 2 22:16:33 UTC 2004

I was born in Marshall, Texas (FWIW, George Foreman of Meineke-Muffler
fame, Y.A. Tittle, and Bill Moyers are also Marshallites) and grew up
in Saint Louis. In that day, (1937-1957) the glottal stop was not used
by BE speakers in either location. (I have no idea whether this feature
now currently occurs natively outside of the East Coast. I sincerely
hope not.) However, while in the Army in 1961, I became friends with a
linguistically-naive fellow BE speaker from North Carolina. I used to
amuse myself with him by asking, "David, why do you always use a
glottal stop?" He would invariably answer, to my great delight, "Man, I
don't use no glo?le stop!" [Well, maybe you had to have been there.]

-Wilson Gray

On Jun 2, 2004, at 1:56 PM, Arnold M. Zwicky wrote:

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> today's Fresh Air had a long interview with Donna Brazill (Al Gore's
> campaign manager in 2000).  interesting sociolinguistically, since
> she's a public and powerful woman who's preserved lots of features of
> informal southern AAVE: piles of -in', medial glottal stop in "sudden"
> as well as "didn't", the occasional unmarked 3rd sg present, etc.
> stunning contrast to, say, Condi Rice.
> along the way, she talked about the "heroes and sheroes" of the civil
> rights movement.  "shero" isn't in our archives (though some of you
> might already have collected it).  there are a fair number of shero
> sites on the web -- feminist, african american, often both.  a small
> sample:
> Sistapower - Shero - Highlighting an African American Shero
> (
> My Shero: Mature Lesbians Making a Difference
> (
> Who is YOUR Shero?
> (
> Black Women Today - Shero of the Week
> (
> arnold (zwicky at

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