PhiladelphiaRe: Hoosier

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Fri Nov 5 16:19:44 UTC 1999

I'm pretty sure that extensive non-rhoticism never caught on in Phildelphia.
Of course, there would have been anglophiles who affected the uppper-crust
accent used by the pretentious in various parts of the US in the 19th century
and on into the 20th century (e.g., wealthy old lady speech of 1930s movies),
but I feel pretty sure that the white vernacular was pretty rhotic.

*****in reply to:
Was the speech of whites of non-Italian ancestry in Philadelphia ever
variably rhotic or non-rhotic?

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