Folk Awareness oif Dialect

Douglas G. Wilson douglas at NB.NET
Tue Dec 5 14:18:22 UTC 2000

>I've never heard anyone from Illinois pronounce it with the the z on the
>end. ... I have heard non-Illinoisians say it with the z though.

Same here. The RHUD says it as well as I can:

"The pronunciation of ILLINOIS with a final (z) , which occurs chiefly
among less educated speakers, is least common in Illinois itself,
increasing in frequency as distance from the state increases."

-- Doug Wilson

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