Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Mon Apr 21 03:15:57 UTC 2008

>  >Mark Mandel wrote:
>  >>English doesn't have pure [o]; Italian or French often does. English
>  >>"long vowels" are all diphthongs.

> At 7:17 PM -0400 4/20/08, Michael Covarrubias wrote:
>  >Tell dat dere to a Minnesotan, den

On Sun, Apr 20, 2008 at 7:34 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at> wrote:
>  Or a youper; one of the most noticeable traits of Upper Peninsula
>  (MI) English is precisely the "pure" long vowels, presumably because
>  of the influence from the Finnish substrate.

OK, I stand dialectally corrected. MOST English dialects don't have
pure [o] or [e].

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