On Sat, 18 Mar 2006 13:22:02 -0500, Dana Nutter <[log in to unmask]> wrote: >li [Larry Sulky] mi tulis la >That's pretty much the same as bilingual Spanish-English speakers in the >U.S. These speakers can speak English very clearly and fluently but >have a certain sound to their speech which tends to not really sound >Spanish but does uniquely identify them. I've noticed a similar pattern >with bilingual Chinese-English speakers. With Spanish speakers in the US at least, I think it's because they imitate their own parents, who learned English as a 2d language. If sufficiently isolated, a group can do that until they actuall have a dialect of English, like Indo-British or Amish speech, which (in my experience) retains a little Germanness.