Labov on vowel shifts

Michael Newman michael.newman at QC.CUNY.EDU
Mon Aug 27 09:14:08 UTC 2012

Whud Jew join?

(different phonological process)

Michael Newman
Associate Professor of Linguistics
Queens College/CUNY
michael.newman at

On Aug 27, 2012, at 12:50 AM, W Brewer wrote:

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> TZ wrote: <<<"do" and "dew" - can you hear the difference?">>>
> WG: <<<Yes.>>>
> WB: No. When first starting graduate school, I had a British landlady, who
> was very helpful in getting me settled in Los Angeles. One morning, at the
> breakfast table, she read me a notice in the local newspaper: =93Oh, Warren=
> .
> Here's something you might like. UCLA chess club. No Jews.=94 The item read
> <no dues>. I say <dues> --> [dews].
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