Language Change (EX-06-01)

Chuck Coker (cjcoker@CRIS.COM)
Sun, 4 Aug 1996 08:09:20 -0700

I have an exercise in mind that I would like to try in my
classes. I want to take a few paragraphs and have people from
various parts of the world transcribe them into their own
regional dialect of English using the International Phonetic
Alphabet. The purpose of the exercise is to demonstrate how
languages can split apart due to vowel sound changes, addition or
dropping of other sounds, etc. I speak the "Southern California,
United States," dialect, and sometimes have a hard time
understanding someone from, say, Australia. This is not intended
to be scientific research or anything like that, just an example
of how language changes.

If anyone would be interested in participating, please contact
me. I will compile the results and share them with any
interested parties. Please refer to "Exercise 6.1" in any

Chuck Coker