I Scream for Ice Cream

Beverly Flanigan flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Thu Sep 2 19:54:33 UTC 1999

In my Minnesota raising/centralizing (it isn't just Canadian!), I do indeed
raise across the word boundary, and the saying works perfectly; we said it
all the time as kids.  The only time I use the low central /aI/ is when the
pronoun stands alone.  I would think the same happens in southern/eastern

At 03:40 PM 9/2/99 -0400, you wrote:
>Canadian raising does not cross word boundaries?
>dInIs (who was not taught to look both ways before he crossed word
>boundaries as a child)
>>A saying of my '30s and '40s childhood was "I scream, you scream, we all
>>scream for ice cream." But it works better in AE than CE because of the
>>Canadian Raising in "ice cream" stressed on the first syllable.
>>Barbara Harris
>Dennis R. Preston
>Professor of Linguistics
>Department of Linguistics and Languages
>Michigan State University
>East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
>preston at pilot.msu.edu
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