[Ads-l] Heard on the Maury show

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Sun Jan 21 05:26:18 UTC 2018

Yes, _does_ was fully stressed. Writing it between asterisks is meant to
indicate that in the orthography of the list. The "guests" on the Maury
Show are all ordinary, no-class blacks, whites, and Latinos devoid of a
sense of shame trying to prove publicly that he is _not_ her baby daddy or
that he _is_ her baby daddy or trying to find out who the baby daddy is,
out of numerous possibilities. Some women have appeared on the show over
twenty times trying to find out who their baby daddy is.

As far as I can tell from speech-patterns, all of the guests are speakers
of ordinary dialects appropriate to people from the small-town, semi-rural
areas and the urban ghettoes, no Afro-Caribbean/West Indian or
Afro-European or Gullah.

On Fri, Jan 19, 2018 at 8:12 PM, Salikoko S. Mufwene <mufw at uchicago.edu>

> Is the speaker by any chance Caribbean or from the Gullah area? And was
> "does" stressed or not? If the speaker is from either of these areas and
> "does" was not stressed and was pronounced with any schwa-related sound, it
> may have been used as a HABIT marker.
> Sali.
> On 1/19/2018 2:50 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:
>> Maury:
>> "Do you think that your sister's boyfriend has been cheating on her with
>> other women?"
>> 20-ishblack, female guest:
>> "*Yes*, Murray*! I _*does*_ think that my _sister's_ boyfriend _has_ been
>> cheating on her with other women!"
>> My WAG: the unexpected use of _does_ in this case is some kind of
>> hypercorrection triggered by quoting Maury's words, since the use of
>> _sister's_ and _has_ instead of _sister_ and _have_ is as anomalous as the
>> use of _does_. I.e. "... my sister boyfriend have ..." is expected.
>> *_Murray_: the usual pronunciation of "Maury" by the overwhelming majority
>> of black guests and by  some white guests.
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