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Re: Gender in language (was Re: way-OT: regularity of german v. english [was: <snip>])

On Fri, 2003-10-24 at 14:24, Tom wrote:
> On Fri, Oct 24, 2003 at 11:43:17AM -0700, Erik Steffl wrote:
> > Pigeon wrote:
> English has a neuter pronoun: "one", but it became associated with 
> aristocratic speech and is unpopular.  If there's one thing I will never 
> understand, it is New Yorkers with aristocratic accents!  Well, fake 

Exactly *how* aristocratic?  Not all New Yorkers are from Da Bronx;
they flit around between NYC, Connecticut, Bah Hahba, etc on a 
frequent basis.

> european accents are a close second -- like Madonna nowadays.

The question needs to be whether she is posing, which is lame, or
whether it's in her nature to pick up the accent of the place where
she lives.

For example, when I lived in Acadiana ("Cajun country"), I subcon-
sciously started talking somewhat in that manner, because it's all
I heard every day.

Ron Johnson, Jr. ron.l.johnson@cox.net
Jefferson, LA USA

"...always eager to extend a friendly claw"

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