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THEORY: Hick (etc) accents - universals?

From:Sai Emrys <saizai@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 19, 2005, 4:06
Q: Are there universals between the various social-class accents,
across languages?

I remember that when I was learning Arabic, "hick" Arabic sounded very
similar to hick American - e.g. the drawl, short "hello" phrases, etc.
How crosslinguistic is this, and does it apply to other social-class
accents/dialects too?

 - Sai