Would you help me?
flanigan at OAK.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Wed Sep 29 15:00:41 UTC 1999
And there's James Hartman's map of "extended" or "weakened" r-lessness
(diffused throughout much of the West), found in the preface to the
_Dictionary of American Regional English_, Vol. 1 (1985), and reprinted in
Wolfram and Schilling-Estes' _American English_ (1998).
At 10:20 AM 9/29/99 -0400, you wrote:
>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 -r 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 Loss of Postvocalic -r in North
>Carolina" Journal of English Linguistics 2 (1968):57-77. That you should
>be able to find.
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