Charles C Doyle cdoyle at UGA.EDU
Fri Oct 8 12:11:51 UTC 2010

I believe this came up in our discussions a couple of years ago:  Flannery O'Connor (and probably other writers portraying certain rural Southern dialects) represents "once" with [-t] on the end by the spelling "oncet"--which looks like a two-syllable word ("on-set"?).  I think I would give it as "wunst"--were I a literary artist.


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On Thu, Oct 7, 2010 at 12:50 PM, Charles C Doyle <cdoyle at uga.edu> wrote:

> Like "twice" as [twaIst]: Â Isn't that how everybody says it?

IME, East Texans who use [twaIst] - e.g. all of my relatives still
living in the ArkLaTex and all those older than I am who live anywhere
else, even in Marin County, CA - also use pronunciations like "once"
as [w^nst] and "dose" [doust].

That's mostly everybody, seem like to me. ;-) Heard tell might could
be some other folk out yonder be steady misspeaking, though.

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