California research

Your Name Dialectap at AOL.COM
Tue Nov 26 19:27:26 UTC 2002

I hear /i/ in words like "fish" in older Californians.  My father, who is 78,
does it.  Similarly, that /e/ in "fresh" and "measure" is heard in the speech
of older Californians.  My great aunt does that.  I'd say that the first is
more common.
I have not heard /I/ in that second group; /e/ only.

Although I didn't test for /E/ before the velar nasal, I can say with
confidence that "strIngth" and "lIngth" are common in all age groups around


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