[Ads-l] Query about dialectal "warsh" (wash)

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon Dec 8 21:24:01 UTC 2014

On Mon, Dec 8, 2014 at 11:29 AM, Herb Stahlke <hfwstahlke at gmail.com> wrote:

> IIRC, phonetically this seeming excrescent r could result from extreme
> backing of the low back rounded vowel in some varieties of "wash."  There
> was an article on this phenomenon in Dutch back in the 90s, but I haven't
> been able to find the reference.

What about the case of " water" rhymes with "warter"? Same thing? Ethel
Waters-pronounced-Warters, in StL?

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