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A. Maberry maberry at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Thu Jun 27 18:35:19 UTC 2002

On Thu, 27 Jun 2002, Laurence Horn wrote:
> Two (and a half) questions:
> (2)a.  Is Lebanon, Indiana also pronounced with a schwa (or barred i)
> locally?  I don't know if Dale's statement implies that the Indiana
> town always has a full secondary-stressed [a].

There is also a Lebanon, Oregon, which I've heard pronounced with both a
schwa or an [a] by different, presumably native Oregonian speakers. Maybe
Peter McGraw has noticed a more recent trend one way or the other.

>       b.  Does anyone know if Americans in Lebanon (the country in the
> Levant), such as the ones at the American university in Beirut
> (either now, if it still exists, or back when it did, before the
> unpleasantness a while back) pronounce the country's name with a
> schwa?

The Americans I've met who have actually been to Lebanon (admittedly not a
large number) use the [a] not the schwa for the country name.

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