voice and race recognition
geoffnathan at wayne.edu
Thu Dec 30 11:31:07 UTC 2010
No correction necessary. Jo is absolutely right that the perception of Canadian Raising in HE is due to the way the name of the state is pronounced in HE.
To the best of my knowledge Canadian Raising of /ay/ does not occur in any dialect of AAE (it probably does in the speech of African-Canadians, but I don't know that literature). The reflex of /ay/ in AAE is generally a monophthongal [a:] unless it's some form of [ay].
The local pronunciation of 'Hawaii' is indeed [h^'v^?i] (^ = caret, ? = glottal stop, ' = stress), and unstressed /a/ in other common Hawaiian words in Hawaiian Engilish is often reduced to schwa (for example pau hana 'time to quit work' [paw han@] (@ = schwa), mauka 'towards the mountains' [mawk@] )
Geoffrey S. Nathan
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From: "Johanna Rubba" <jrubba at calpoly.edu>
To: john at research.haifa.ac.il
Cc: "s.t. bischoff" <bischoff.st at gmail.com>, funknet at mailman.rice.edu
Sent: Thursday, December 30, 2010 12:01:00 AM
Subject: Re: [FUNKNET] voice and race recognition
So far as I know (and Geoff Nathan can correct me if I'm wrong),
short /a/ in Hawai'ian is, in general, pronounced as schwa. This
would cause what appears to be Canadian raising in the state's name,
but that's only because the /i/ follows. The first /a/ in the word
is also a schwa.
In any case, I don't know anything about the presence or absence of
Can. raising in the various regional manifestations of AAE.
Dr. Johanna Rubba, Ph. D.
Linguistics Minor Advisor
Cal Poly State University San Luis Obispo
San Luis Obispo, CA 93407
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