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Of accents and dialects and registers (was: Of accents & dialects)

From:Eldin Raigmore <eldin_raigmore@...>
Date:Saturday, October 25, 2008, 17:32
On Fri, 24 Oct 2008 16:04:13 -0400, Eldin Raigmore
<eldin_raigmore@...> wrote:
>On Thu, 23 Oct 2008 08:50:26 +0100, R A Brown ><ray@...> wrote: >>[snip] >>In these days of universal education and mass communication, most people >>in such places are 'bilingual', i.e. they speak dialect among those >>around them, but in situations when a wide audience is aimed at then >>they'll speak more or less standard English with some regional coloring >>in pronunciation. >>In my last job before I retired one of my colleagues came from the >>Toxteth area of Liverpool. He spoke standard English with a marked >>regional accent - he referred to it as "poshed up Scouse" - i.e. the >>phonology was partially modified to smooth out, so to speak, the more >>extreme differences between Scouse & RP (and the syntax and vocab were, >>of course, standard). But his wife told me that when he's with his >>brother then he's actually speaking Scouse and is almost >>incomprehensible to us southerners. >>[snip] >[snip] >I have noticed among nearly all of my acquaintances that their speech >conforms more closely to whatever 'lect they happen to share with their >interlocutors whenever they have a common 'lect, and to Standard Average >American English whenever they don't have a common 'lect. >My own speech, when speaking to another Texan, is markedly more Texan, >than when speaking to other Michiganders. >[snip]
When this sort of thing happens, doesn't what was previously a "dialect" or "accent", start to segue into a "register" instead? Also, when accents and dialects are used in certain types of songs or stories or plays or sermons etc., don't they segue into "genres"?