/or/ distinctions

D. Ezra Johnson ezra_50 at HOTMAIL.COM
Fri Apr 7 22:48:00 UTC 2000

I spent some time in Crowley, Louisiana (near Lafayette) and I taught high
school there. I can report that the /or/ ~ /ohr/ distinction is universal

However, for some of the speakers, /or/ is very close to /ahr/, since the
local /ahr/ is very far back.

To my ears, when they said "four" it sounded pretty 'normal'.
Their pronunciation of "for" sounded like how I say "far".
Their pronunciation of "far" was lower and backer than my "far".

I do believe that some speakers preserved the three-way distinction, which
is rather unusual in a completely rhotic dialect.

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