Worcester", Mass.

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Tue Nov 15 04:53:23 UTC 2011

On Nov 14, 2011, at 11:40 PM, James Harbeck wrote:

>> My daughter (Clark U., '07) isn't around to ask, but I've never
>> heard it pronounced any way other than [wUst at r] or [wUst@] by rhotic
>> and non-rhotic locals respectively.
> Really? When I lived in Boston ISTM they tended to say /wIst@/
> (you'll find some Google hits with "Wistah").

Sorry; you're right about the vowel, which does indeed vary along the front/back parameter.  I was focusing on that first /r/, or the lack thereof.


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