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  • JPKIRCHNER@aol.com
    ... That was research by William Labov. He suspected that rhotic speech was spreading in New York from the upper classes down, so he went into department
    Message 1 of 3 , Apr 3, 2001
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      In a message dated 4/3/01 7:09:06 PM, zehrovak@... writes:

      >In a department store, the r's
      >flash like mad but out on the
      >mean streets the r's can mark you out like...well, like a luminescent
      >backside.

      That was research by William Labov. He suspected that rhotic speech was
      spreading in New York from the upper classes down, so he went into department
      stores catering to various social classes and asked for things he knew to be
      on the fourth floor. The lower-class the store, the more likely he was to
      get non-rhotic speech.

      Jamie
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