Heard on tonight's CSI: standard English "Lord" > "Lard"

David Bowie db.list at PMPKN.NET
Fri Dec 5 14:37:45 UTC 2008

From:    Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM>

> Spoken by an actor who is a black native of Saint Louis of my age:

> "_Lard_  [lOrd] have mercy!"

I have a recording from between 2000 and 2002 (i'd have to check for the
exact date) of an upper-middle-class male from the northern end of
Utah's Wasatch Front, then in his late 70s, in a formal semi-scripted
situation saying "on the [kOr], uh, [kar]ner", with some
self-repair-type stress on the first syllable of "carner".

If it's a part of your native variety, it's really *there*, you know?

David Bowie                               University of Central Florida
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