Ahra-lessnes in white-Southern speech (UNCLASSIFIED)

Mark Mandel thnidu at GMAIL.COM
Tue Jun 16 16:10:45 UTC 2009

On Tue, Jun 16, 2009 at 10:42 AM, Jonathan Lighter
<wuxxmupp2000 at gmail.com> wrote:
> My friend from rural Middle Tennessee - a distinguished attorney - always
> says "fum."
> Other than that and maybe one or two other items, he's got all his r's.

And even that isn't r-lessness (arrhoticity), which AFAIK refers to
loss of *postvocalic* /r/.

m a m

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