Texas vs Bostonian vowels

Rudolph C Troike rtroike at U.ARIZONA.EDU
Fri Aug 4 05:26:02 UTC 2000

While the usually very front Southern /ae/ can be perceived in Boston as
the diaphonemic equivalent of /ar/ [a], the latter is actually
phonetically closer to the "Confederate vowel" (Sledd), the
monophthongized pronunciation of /ay/. My favorite example of inter-
regional differences in interpretation comes from a Texas lady named
Kaiser, who on checking into a Boston hotel for an NCTE convention and
giving her name to the clerk, saw him write it down as "Carser".


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