Dueling dialects

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Fri Aug 20 15:18:39 UTC 2004

At 11:01 AM -0400 8/20/04, Dennis R. Preston wrote:
>>Ask Walt Wolfram (or any other Phildelphian) about the merry=Murry
>>confusion. It's why they have furry boats there.

I did a search for "Murray Christmas", which I know I've seen in
print as a Philly shibboleth, but was overwhelmed with Anne Murray
Christmas recordings.  But " "Murray Christmas" Philly" did bring
back a few relevant ones.

>>Ed (from SE PA/Philly) wrote:
>>No way, the classical 3-way distinction was: Mary [e],
>>merry [@], marry [ae]. Any other pronunciation is
>>barbaric :)
>>so merry = Murray??
>>4-way splitting David from Valley Stream, LI, NY
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