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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