query re AAVE

Arnold M. Zwicky zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU
Thu Jul 20 17:04:26 UTC 2006

On Jul 17, 2006, at 4:59 PM, Wilson Gray wrote:

> I'm tempted to say, "You can *not* be serious!" :-) The change of
> word-final /-Vt/ to [-Vk], even when the syllable has a strong
> secondary stress, is stereotypical of BE as I knew it in Saint Louis.

well, of course i was serious.  there's an awful lot i don't know.
meanwhile, people come to me all the time with queries about
language.  when i don't know the answer or how to find it out, i pass
the query on to someone who might be able to help -- including the
ADS-L crew.

in this case, the responses have been very useful.  thanks from me
and john rickford.


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