wheel barrel

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Sat Feb 23 19:26:07 UTC 2008

As is the explanation complicated. Your wife is not a post-vocalic
/l/ vocalizer (or deleter), and her rendition is a "real" folk
etymology (there is no "barrow" for her but there is a "barrel"). For
us standard-speaking post-vocalic /l/ vocalizers (and deleters), the
temptation is greater since added to the folk etymological urge is
the phonetic evidence itself.

But I think you are right than we done did this.


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>Poster:       Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at YALE.EDU>
>Subject:      Re: wheel barrel
>At 12:56 PM -0600 2/23/08, Darla Wells wrote:
>>Seen on the Acadiana Freecycle list:Looking for a small wheel barrel to do
>>yard work.
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>There should be an archived thread on this from a discussion awhile
>back.  As I mentioned at the time, my wife (from Fairfield County,
>CT) refers to "wheelbarrels", while I (from
>NYC/Rochester/California/New Haven) had never been aware of
>encountering the form, so if it's regional, the isogloss is very
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Dennis R. Preston
University Distinguished Professor
Department of English
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Michigan State University
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