on hypercorrection

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Tue Feb 8 17:16:51 UTC 2005

You're right, Arnold--and I thought of this alternate explanation right
after I sent the note.  A good example of how dialect affects spelling though.

At 11:08 PM 2/7/2005, you wrote:
>On Feb 7, 2005, at 11:01 AM, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
>>One more bit of hypercorrection, this time eliminating the dreaded
>>/r/ in New England:
>>>[From a former student:]  Seen when shopping on ebay for a mirror to
>>>in my newly remodeled bathroom. Here is the description:
>>>This auction is for a beautiful country-style, white vanity mirror
>>>two storage draws. ..
>so this isn't hypercorrection, but just representation of the writer's
>variety.  (in your examples, the /r/ isn't word-final, much less
>still, a nice example.

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