Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed May 30 11:52:32 UTC 2001


Yes but I am arrrested (apparently) at this half-way point. I take
this to be an important distinguisher of South Midland and Southern.
I'ma look at it futher.


>         Your pronunciation is half-way on the way to a wonderful one my
>cousin from East Texas used, which gave validity to ordered phonological
>rules: she pronounced it /Im/.
>         Obviously [Elm] --> [E at m]  --> [Em]  --> [Im]
>I've always assumed that she must have heard it originally as [Em] and her
>internal vowel neutralization rule changed that to [Im].
>         Rudy

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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