Square from Delaware, etc

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Fri Sep 5 00:02:39 UTC 2008

At 9/4/2008 07:19 PM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>At 1:16 PM -0700 9/4/08, Brian Hitchcock wrote:
>>Re the below:  What sense is "lane" being used in, that rhymes with
>>"Spokane"? (ie, with  "man", "can", etc)?
>I gather it's the "Spokane" that's pronounced in a weird way
>(/spokeyn/), not the "lane".

So now, in addition to all my other faults, I have weird speech?  Is
that a term of art from linguistics, like "slurred speech" or
"unintelligible speech"?  :-)

Frankly, I think anyone who said "a lane from Spokane" and didn't
rhyme the two would be weird.


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