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Thread #125378   Message #2777311
Posted By: VirginiaTam
01-Dec-09 - 03:33 AM
Thread Name: BS: Victoriaaaaaar
Subject: RE: BS: Victoriaaaaaar
hhmmm lazy language

I have to say that during my late teens through late 20's my once carefully attended pronunciations and grammar were supplanted by "mother speak" which was part dumbing down in order to be best understood by my children when they were very little and part attempt at the most efficacious and least energy eating way of getting things done. Maybe it was laziness. Maybe it was exhaustion.

In my early 30's I enjoyed (and I do not use the word lightly) a revival of proper speaking and disdain for the strong central Virginia accent and use of idioms I had attained. This probably due to attending university and wishing to feel I belonged. I was moving and conversing in different circles than I had as a stay at home mom. It was not easy, to say the least. In fact, it wasn't easy when I was younger. I was simply so determined after having been hearing and language impaired the first 8 years of my life to make something better of how I expressed myself.

In any case this mid life renaissance was not to last. Upon moving to the UK at 45 I have experienced a devolution of language and a return (with vengeance) to my Central Virginia accent and ludicrous idioms which have no place in my current society.

Why is this? Why these phases? I think my current state is two fold. I find I miss the sound of American (especially south eastern) accents terribly open living in UK. So perhaps in part it is homesickness which prompted the return to former lingual habits. But I also feel too tired and cannot bring to mind what I want to say as well as how it should be said. Age and illness are taking their toll on my thought processes and capacity for language.

So I think, some people probably all will go through stages of language throughout their lives relative to their society an experiences.

On another note

I still don't understand where the practice to pronounce the letter "H" as "haitch" as well as the practice to pronounce the "h" when it should be silent and not pronounce it when it shouldn't be silent. Where did that come from? I noticed that even school teachers do this including one young fellow who applied for a graduate degree programme at an Essex High school. I believe he was selected.   Is it actually taught in schools or does it come from familial and social learning?

And another one for the US. "Ax" instead of "ask" is one that has grown in prevalence over the last couple of decades. In my experience only heard from a very small number of the African Americans I knew in school in the 1970's. Most I knew did not use this pronunciation. So it was not the norm among the Blacks I met through my young and mid adult hood. However, it has become trendy to pronounce the word inappropriately among an age group rather than ethnic group. I hear more and more (alarmingly) in the UK now. Spread (I believe) by Rap music. That's culture for ya!

Whoa! That is enough thinking for today. Smoke's acomin' outta my ears.