folk awareness of dialect variation

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Wed Dec 6 14:40:53 UTC 2000

At 11:50 PM -0500 12/5/00, Philip E. Cleary wrote:
><And I'd say the real shibboleths are Quincy (/kwInzi/) and Faneuil
>(/faenl/).  Nobody gets those right.>
>QuinZy is definitely one. But isn't (/faenl/) more of a Yankee shibboleth,
>than a Bostonian one? I pronounce it that way, but it's an acquired
>pronunciation. I think that the more common pronunciation is fan-yoo-el.

I've also heard an intermediate form:  ['faeny at l], as in "Nathaniel"

>And how about Scituate (Si-choo-it) as one?
Or Leominster ['lEm at nst@r]


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