silent letters (was broadcasters)
Donald M. Lance
LanceDM at MISSOURI.EDU
Thu Aug 10 14:44:28 UTC 2000
The stigmatized South Midland pronunciation rhymes with their 'barn' and the less
stigmatized pronunciation rhymes with Inland Northerners' pronunciation of 'barn'.
Robert Kelly wrote:
> I've heard speakers (south midlands?) say 'iron' as a monosyllable, though
> a 'long' one, something like /aHrn/. In that sense, o is not
> pronounced...but I think the original posting meant to say 'o is not
> pronounced in the ways we usually associate with o'.
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