purple drank, lean

Charles Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Sep 29 12:01:04 UTC 2006

Within the dialect, then, the representation becomes "eye dialect."

And let's not forget the wildly current "ho"--sometimes represented with an initial (phonologically meaningless) apostrophe but seldom a final one.


---- Original message ----
>Date: Thu, 28 Sep 2006 18:00:55 -0400
>From: Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>
>Subject: Re: purple drank, lean
>BTW, in cases like "drank," in which there is no alternative
>pronunciation available in the dialect, how do you know that the normal pronunciation used in the dialect is lexically distinct in meaning from the standard pronunciation? "Drank" is more like "foot," with the same pronunciation in the various dialects, regardless of its meaning, "seem like to me," as the colored say.

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