Standard US English Dialect?

Paul Johnston paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
Wed Apr 16 06:00:50 UTC 2008

When I was a kiddie, Ed Sullivan became a stereotype for talking
about a really big "shew", pronounced like shoe.  No idea where he
was from, though I've heard of Western versions of this raising, and
of /e/ to /i/ too.

Paul Johnston

On Apr 15, 2008, at 6:33 PM, Doug Harris wrote:

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> On Tue, Apr 15, 2008 at 12:52 PM, Laurence Horn
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>> At 12:14 PM -0400 4/15/08, Paul Johnston wrote:
>>> For /u/-the moon, spoon, boot, hoop, do, too group.  Possibly
>>> brewed,
>>> dude, new etc if there's no contrast between /u/ and /Iu~ju/.
>>> For /o/-the coat, road, cone, hope, poke, go, no, grow group.
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> I'd imagine you'd include _snow_ in that group -- but not in the
> accent of a public radio station announcer in Binghamton NY. He
> pronounces _snow_ as if it were spelled _snew_. I don't know where
> he's from; he may be a local boy; but I don't think I've ever heard
> such a strong _eww_ sound in a word I'd rhyme with _owe_ before.
> dh
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