Standard US English Dialect?

Amy West medievalist at W-STS.COM
Wed Apr 16 13:48:20 UTC 2008

It's something that the local New Britain area is known for. I don't
even think of it as belonging to the state as a whole, so I'm really
surprised to hear of LH mentioning it in his daughter's speech.

However, that may be a very provincial view: certainly it could occur
in other dialects. But around here (southern New England) it's
recognized as a marker of that local pronunciation/dialect.

---Amy West (lived in New Britain, CT for 8 years)

>Date:    Tue, 15 Apr 2008 07:18:49 -0700
>From:    "Arnold M. Zwicky" <zwicky at CSLI.STANFORD.EDU>
>Subject: Re: Standard US English Dialect?
>On Apr 15, 2008, at 6:37 AM, Larry Horn wrote:
>>  ... Connecticutisms (e.g. the glottalizing of intervocalic /t/ in
>>  [kI?In], New [brI?In]).
>connecticutism?  isn't this a much more general american feature
>(outside the south)?  [t'] (or usually [?]) for /t/ after accented
>vowel and before syllabic n, as in button, Britain, cotton, kitten,
>written, Patton, beaten, sweeten, brighten, ...

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