[Ads-l] _beyond_

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Mon May 30 14:02:26 EDT 2016

On Sun, May 29, 2016 at 9:29 PM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>

> Mebbe so, but do you pronounce "uh-oh" or "unh-unh" (the negative one, not
> to be confused with the glottal-stopless "uh-huh") without one?  Or do you
> just avoid both?  (I don't have one in "beyond" and don't recall hearing it
> from others, but I might have missed it.)

I had real words in mind, like bo?le, bu?on, no?in', etc. used by
hip-hoppers, rappers, and random people on reality shows. However, it seems
to be falling out of fashion. A friend, he of "up the skreek" fame has
glo?al stops as a native feature of his speech, though he claims that he
"don't use no glo?al stop!" In his case, I find it interesting.

IME, very few people use "be?ond. I first heard it used by a single girl
down home in Texas, ca. 1947. So, I figured it for a local thing. but over
the dekkids, I've heard it random instances of it in the wild from everyone
everywhere. A couple of sites transcribe the word as approx. "be-ond"
preceding "be-yond." But every site that has audio gives "be-yond."

Have you ever heard BE [CjV-] > [CrV-]: beautiful, Buick > b[ru]tiful,
B[r]uick? It's *far* more common than be?ond. How about BE intrusive r in I
am, Buick > I ram, Burick? Also more common than be?ond, even though, IME,
there is no restriction of be?ond to any particular subset of speakers that
I have noticed.

I've heard be?ond once, so far, this year, promptingmotivating me to wonder
what other people's experience might be. I can't recall when the last time
was that I heard it before this year.
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come from the mouths of people who have had to live.
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