Dueling dialects

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Fri Aug 20 20:23:22 UTC 2004

Are you sure this is not the well-known southern shift of /aw/ to
/aew/ with r-coloration of the resulting vowel (often somewhat
monophthongized in southern speech)?


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>>  Sender:       American Dialect Society <ADS-L at LISTSERV.UGA.EDU>
>>  Poster:       David Bergdahl <einstein at FROGNET.NET>
>>  Subject:      Re: Dueling dialects
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>>  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
>Maury County, TN is pronounced halfway between "merry" and "Murray", maybe a
>little closer to "Murray".
>Blount County, TN is "blunt".

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