Fronted high back vowel /u/

Randall Gess randall_gess at CARLETON.CA
Sun Dec 20 14:38:17 UTC 2009


I'm new to the list. I've just started doing volunteer work on
occasion for a victim identification unit of law enforcement. I have a
recording with a male North American speaker that has a rather
fronted /u/ sound (F1 395, F2 1816), in the word 'movie'. I've heard
this kind of fronting before, but does anyone know how widespread it
is geographically? The /E/  in leg is also a bit raised at F1 550, F2
1942 and slightly diphthongized toward /ei/, but this is not as
pronounced as I've heard in some accents. Does anyone know where these
features might co-occur?



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