"kin" for can

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue May 6 23:49:50 UTC 2008

At 6:13 PM -0400 5/6/08, Wilson Gray wrote:
>Very probably merely one of a great many with that feature, especially
>in the South and in the Southwest.

And in most of the U.S., including the Northeast, when it is (as is
usually the case) unstressed, as in "We can do it" as opposed to
"Yes, we can".  Are you (W.W.) referring to contexts like the latter,
which would then come out "Yes, we kin"?


>On Tue, May 6, 2008 at 5:23 PM, William Warren <celtman at hotmail.com> wrote:
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>>   Subject:      "kin" for can
>>    Perhaps my question should be directed to your newbies list since I am not
>>    a professional or student linguist:
>>         many people in Michigan ,my late father from SW Michigan and a late
>>   uncle- first husband of my maternal aunt in rural Perry ,and a
>>naval recruiter
>>   in Lansing pronounce "can" -the verb- as "kin". Could anyone tell me any-
>>   thing about what dialect this would be ?
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