Folk Awareness oif Dialect
sagehen at SLIC.COM
Tue Dec 5 16:58:38 UTC 2000
The mention of the Illinois/Ellinois distinction reminds me that a similar
division takes place up here in Northern NY. Locals pronounce Syracuse
with a first syllable rhyming with 'air' while outsiders usually pronounce
it to rhyme with 'ear.' How extensive this local pronunciation is, I'm
not sure; the natives of Syracuse that I've known have all used the 'ear'
form, but my sample is not very big.
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