> I have rarely been informed of others' view of my origin. When I >have been, I was led to believe that I have very little discernable >accent. [I was, briefly, a radio announcer in college.] I do, however, >pronounce certain indicative words in ways which reveal several of my >prior residences. Others may not realize that. [I would have liked to >be one of the subjects of the expert (name forgotten) who had a radio >show on which he performed like a carnival weight-judger, identifying >people's origins from their pronunciation of a short list of "key" >words like "greasy", "either", "pen", "Mary", "merry" and "marry". He >usually pegged it exactly, even within a few miles.] That would be Henry Lee Smith, of Trager-Smith fame. I don't know where he was a professor, but he was a lot more involved in public education than most linguistics professors. Besides the radio show, he made a series of educational movies in the 60's that got shown in all kinds of places; there might still be some copies lying around in school libraries and media centers -- they could be very interesting. Though they weren't really about dialectology, but general linguistics. Charles Ferguson, who worked with Smith, once told me that he [Smith] took it for granted that every linguist he dealt with could do what he did; he once asked Ferguson to give something to "the secretary from North Dakota", assuming it would be obvious. And a friend of mine actually was a subject of Smith's, and he got pinned down like a butterfly - Northern Alabama with an overlay of the Western Reserve of Ohio. Which was a synopsis of his boyhood geography. The "Trager-Smith" system of representing English phonemes uses a /dh@ treyg@r-smith sist@m @v repr@zenting inggl@sh fohniymz yuhz@z @/ bare minimum of special symbols and has considerable latitude for /ber minim@m @v spesh@l simb@lz @n haez k@nsid@r@b@l laetitud f@r/ dialect representation, but it was originally designed for typewriter /day@lekt repr@zenteysh@n, b@t it w@z @rij@n@li d@zaynd f@r taiprait@r/ usage and has largely fallen out of use in linguistics. However, /yuhs@j @n haez larjli fol@n aut @v yuws in linggwistiks. hawev@r,/ it's known to all MacinTalk and Speech Manager users, as well as /its nown tuw ol maek@ntok @n spiych maen@j@r yuhz@rz, @z wel @z/ others. Though usually not by that name. /@dh@rz. dhow yuhzh@li nat bai dhaet neym./ -------------------------------------------- -John Lawler More grammar Linguistics Program University of Michigan "..and, who knows? Maybe the horse will sing."