/or/ distinctions and more
Aaron E. Drews
aaron at LING.ED.AC.UK
Thu Apr 13 10:02:30 UTC 2000
on 7/4/00 9:00 PM, dInIs wrote:
> I (and my generation of South Midland speakers) have it (b. 1940);
I gather (trying to remember Labov's map correctly) that you also
> speakers do not. Haven't studied the transition.
How's the caught~cot thing with the younger speakers? I'm finding that
syllable-rhyme /r/ does funny things with the phonology, and I think the
caught~cot merger is a part of it in a tangential way (mourning~morning
merges first, then caught~cot).
Is this you getting formal? :-)
Aaron E. Drews The University of Edinburgh
http://www.ling.ed.ac.uk/~aaron Departments of English Language and
aaron at ling.ed.ac.uk Theoretical & Applied Linguistics
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