folk awareness of dialect variation

Jeffrey William McKeough jwm at URSOLARIS.SPDCC.COM
Tue Dec 5 22:37:22 UTC 2000

Nathan H Brown wrote:
>Bostonians use three major things as shibboleths: Boston Common, Public
>Garden, and Copely Square. Boston Common and Public Garden are always in
>the singular, never in the plural. And it's pronounced /k)pli/ Square;
>non-natives often mispronounce it /koUpli/.

And we natives spell it "Copley", which lends itself somewhat better
to the way we pronounce it.

Jeffrey William McKeough
jwm at (or

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