Re: ear rings & Customs
> Does language count? Didn't the English -ing pronunciation comeLanguage would certainly be a good example, Julie. The trouble with
> from the lower class and replace the upper class -in (going vs
> goin, hunting vs huntin). I'm not sure of when that would have
> happened though.......
pronunciation is that we know little about that in the more distant
past and we need the 17th century or earlier with this. Shakespeare,
for example, didn't employ -ng/-n as a class indicator. In this
instance, both [-ng] and [-n] coexisted in the speech of both the
lower and higher classes. In Northern British English, e.g., there is
no [-ng], only [-n] and it has nothing to do with class. "Showing
off" with -n is only known as a relatively recent occasional feature
of the speech of some higher upper-class Brits as a display that they
didn't need to worry about "good" pronunciation the way the upwardly
mobile from the lower classes typically did and do.
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