I Scream for Ice Cream

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Fri Sep 3 00:26:04 UTC 1999


Course. But how about the interrelatedness of this fact with stress.
Southern "ice cream" is more likely to be "ICE cream" (not "ice CREAM").
Ain't there no relationship between that fact and the ones you cite?


>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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