The Fox Report on American Dialects
wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Tue Nov 29 03:23:28 UTC 2005
This afternoon the Fox News Channel tackled the issue of Southerners paying experts to overhaul their dialects for them. I missed most of the story, but this much is probably representative ( though slightly paraphrased from memory ) :
Jane : The thing they say is vanishing is the "Vowel Shift." For example, you [in the South] say / E: r / , but I say / E: r / ? But what's sticking around is the double modal construction....
Shep : Whatever that is !
Jane : ...like "might could."
Shep : There are folks at home in Mississippi who can tell an Arkansas accent or Alabama.... And here in New York there's Brooklyn, Connecticut, New Jersey, and they're all different.
Jane : Yes, you can hear a difference. But you know how people say I talk ? Like I have frozen peas up my nose.
Shep : Frozen peas ! ?
Jane : In Iowa and Minnesota it's called frozen peas in the nose.
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