I Scream for Ice Cream

RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Thu Sep 2 21:20:19 UTC 1999

Dennis Preston wrote
<<Canadian raising does not cross word boundaries?)>>

In the South one is more likely to pronounce

I SCREAM as /a:skriym/
but ICE CREAM as /ayskrim/

because, as you know, word-final /ay/ is more likely to have a reduced
offglide than is /ay/ before a voiceless consonant. So, in that sense
word-boundary is something that off-glide-reduction-inhibition does not
cross. Mayvbe a similar phenomenon is at work in "Canadadian" raising?

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