Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Thu Apr 20 01:22:24 UTC 2006

This would amaze me for most of NC, where the low-back vowel has
become a diphthong with a fronter (not raised and backer) onset.

dInIs (who is  constantly amazed)

>In a message dated 4/19/06 1:33:54 PM, pulliam at IIT.EDU writes:
>>  I heard a produced radio ad today in Chicago in which the
>>  pronunciation of _lawn_ was very close to the standard /o/ heard in
>>  _loan_.
>Maybe the radio ad was produced in North Carolina, where folks mow the loan a
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