[ExI] Genes and the Great Vowel Shift
thespike at satx.rr.com
Sun Feb 24 18:23:51 UTC 2008
At 09:50 AM 2/24/2008 -0800, PJ wrote:
>a New England Yankee sounds nothing like a person from the American
>Deep South. In New Zealand, I could easily differentiate people
>raised on the North vs. the South Island.
>Maybe the gene theory comes into play more here? (isolation x time) +
>history/influences + genetics = dialect?
This "gene theory" of utterance is all the most incredible
codswallop. Haven't you guys ever spoken to an Asian-ancestry human
raised in California or Sydney, or a Pakistani from Leeds, or a kid
from an impoverished background who's been sent to a classy school?
Genes, schmemes. (Pun intended.)
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