vijayjohn wrote: OldBoring wrote: linguoboy wrote:
OldBoring wrote:Or maybe the directors wrote "crick" in the script and the actor followed what was written.
Maybe he was possessed by the spirit of an old-timey prospector who'd died on the very spot they later built the soundstage just for the time it took to say that one word.
Are you trolling or what? Isn't it likely that authors of a sitcom or movie directors aren't that accurate when portraying a character's dialect/accent, and so they write the script, and actors are supposed to follow the script?
It can be, but it's perhaps not very likely in this case since crick
found in Texas, too.
To be fair, though, I'm not sure I would say Galveston is rural per se (it is the 68th
biggest city in Texas), though it is much, much smaller than Austin (for example). Houston is obviously not rural, being the biggest city in the state.
I know this was from a couple months back but I read through this and was just wtf-ing through the whole thing and now I just gotta vent.
1) Galveston, where I attended middle-thru-high school, is definitely not rural. It's a port city. It is part of the greater Houston area shipping and fishing industry. It has a large UT medical center and a marine biology research center. It has its own Mardi Gras. It has beach-side condos, surf shops, public transportation and plenty of civil planning. It's small because it's built on a freaking sand bar. How many people can you realistically expect to live on a sand bar?
2) There is no significant difference between Houston (where I went to uni) and Galveston accents. However, Galveston is somewhat distinct from Houston because being so much smaller, the cultural presence of African Americans, Cajuns and Creoles, and various immigrants (when I lived there this included Jamaicans, Mexicans, Filipinos, Koreans, Japanese and even Greeks and Serbians, among others, but I'm sure the make-up of the immigrant communities have changed a lot since) is more visible and has more influence over the city's dominant culture than in Houston and this does influence local speech there. The reason why I never (thankfully) picked up a proper (*cough* white American) "Texas" accent is largely because I spent so much of my younger years here in Texas hanging around people who were not of that dominantly white and dominantly US-born demographic.
3) In all the time I lived in East Texas I don't think I've ever heard any born-and-raised East Texan say "crick." Even Kelley Lancaster from Nacogdoches County, Texas (or "the sticks" as Kelley like to called it), one of my more colorful neighbors from when I was living in Montrose, Houston, didn't say "crick" and he had the most "rural" East Texas accent humanly possible. The only people I've met here in Texas who say that were from either Missouri and somewhere in the Ohio Valley--this was something I usually take note of because when my family moved from Southern California to Columbia, Missouri for a couple years, I was confused by how some people there used "crick" and it's always been an oddity to me. I have no idea why writers and producers would want to interject that pronunciation into TBBT except maybe they thought it would play well to their audience's preconceptions of a "country bumpkin" stereotype that apparently Sheldon Cooper's family is suppose to be. You think those people care more about accuracy than laughs? Please.
Ok, you folks can have this thread back. I'm done here.