[Ads-l] How do others hear Canadian __ou_?

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM
Wed Nov 30 08:20:05 EST 2016


I hear /@u/ or /@o/.

JL





On Wed, Nov 30, 2016 at 3:36 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at gmail.com> wrote:

> On Tue, Nov 29, 2016 at 11:18 PM, Paul A Johnston, Jr <
> paul.johnston at wmich.edu> wrote:
>
> > I hear it as either a schwa, a caret, or even a true [o] + [u] (I hear
> > that one mostly in Western Canada), not a monophthong.
>
>
> That's a better description than mine, Paul. The sound isn't exactly the
> vowel of _boat_, but it's certainly not the vowel of _boot_, even though
> Canadians on American TV comedies - the only place that I've heard the
> sound discussed - never fight that misconception. No doubt, it's just not
> worth the hassle, eh?
>
>
> --
> -Wilson
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