Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Re: terminal dialect?

From:Joshua Shinavier <ajshinav@...>
Date:Thursday, April 1, 1999, 9:49
> Joshua Shinavier wrote: > > surely much of the difference consists of > > passing slang (luckily, terms such as "groovy" and "neat-o" didn't stic=
k :)
>=20 > Those have stuck, they're just not as common as they used to be. I > still hear many people say "groovy", and even the occasional "neato".=20 > And of course, there's always the example of "cool", which has remained > more-or-less in the slang department since the 1920's, over seventy > years.
Well, I often use them myself as a joke, 'specially when talking about the Beatles whom I like even though they're sorta hippy. I would rather bite m= y tongue off than use them in serious conversation, however :-)
> > but I don't think that old recordings can have *that much* more influen=
ce on
> > the way we speak than old books. Just my personal opinion/hypothesis. >=20 > I would think that they probably do, for one thing, there's more WAYS > they can have influence, i.e., pronunciation differences. Imagine if > recordings had existed before the Great Vowel Shift. After that was > over, people listening to those old recordings would hear a very > different speech. It COULD have an influence on their speech, bringing > back at least a few old pronunciations. Just a hypothesis, but it seems > reasonable.
I'm sure old recordings have their influence, I just don't think it's an especially strong one; our speech, I would think, is influenced to a far gr= eater degree by the language we hear around us than the "old-fashioned" language = in films from Grandpa's day... Josh _/_/ _/_/ _/_/_/_/ Joshua Shinavier =20 _/ _/ _/ Loorenstrasse 74, Zimmer B321=20 _/ _/ _/_/_/_/ CH-8053 Z=FCrich =20 _/ _/ _/ _/ _/ Switzerland =20 _/_/_/_/ _/_/_/_/ _/_/_/_/