Fwd: Re: Folk Awareness oif Dialect

Helen Lawrence hrl103 at YORK.AC.UK
Tue Dec 5 16:36:36 UTC 2000

I'm sorry to be pedantic, but no one in England apart from the odd American
tourist, would ever pronounce the county town of Worcestershire as anything
other than "Wooster."

><In Virginia we say "my ahnt lives in Stanton," while a typical yankee would
>say "my
>ant lives in Stahnton." Nobody is consistent, except maybe in Boston.>
>Phil replied: The city of Taunton is located 30-odd miles south of Boston.
>Most Bostonians
>call the place "Tawnton" (as in "taunt"); the natives call it something like
>"Tahnton" (as in "aunt," which does not rhyme with "ant").
>I heartily second Phil. Aunt does not rhyme with ant in Tahnton. Also located
>in the vicinity is Worcester, Mass, pronounced
>"Wooster", not like "Worchester" in England.
>Sharyn storknurse

Helen Lawrence
Dept of Language and Linguistic Science
University of York
YO10 5DD
+44 (0) 1904 432668

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