California vowels

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OHIOU.EDU
Mon Jan 31 23:19:26 UTC 2005

I think it was on the first syllable.  The context had the Giamatti
character explaining something to Church, and Church was just nodding and
saying "Okay" agreeably.  I think my memory is right on this!

At 04:32 PM 1/31/2005, you wrote:
>Just curious, Beverly:  where was the stress?
>--Tom Kysilko
>At 1/31/2005 04:08 PM -0500, Beverly Flanigan wrote:
>>Here's a question:  I saw "Sideways" yesterday (so-so...) and noticed that
>>the buddy character played by Haden Church (or Church Haden?) said for Okay
>>[ok@] or possibly [okE].  Is this backing or laxing common in California
>>speech?  The presentation on Southern CA speech at ADS noted lowered and
>>backed /ae/ and /E/, but not this /e/ --> /E/ or /@/.  Might /e/ have gone
>>to /E/ first and then to /@/?  The guy also had fronted /o/ but I didn't
>>hear fronted /u/, though I may have missed it; the ADS speaker claimed
>>u-fronting is more common but admitted this is disputed.

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