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RonButters at AOL.COM RonButters at AOL.COM
Wed Sep 29 14:20:20 UTC 1999

Frank Anshen's dissertation on r-retention in HILLSBOROUGH NC is important.

In a message dated 9/29/1999 8:47:09 AM, billk at ATLAS.UGA.EDU writes:

<< You could look at the standard accounts in Kurath and McDavid's
*Pronunciation of English in the Atlantic States* (1961) or Labov's
*Sociolinguistic Patterns* (1972), but these are not very
enlightening.  The best source is W. R. Van Riper's 1957 Michigan
dissertation on the history of postvocalic -5 in the Eastern states--but
you may not have access to that.  The best article, I think, is by Edward
Stephenson, "The Beginnings of the Losss of Postvocalic -r in North
Carolina" Journal of English Linguistics 2 (1968):57-77.  That you should
be able to find.

WAK >>

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