more vowel weirdness

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Thu Nov 2 11:34:04 UTC 2000

For anyone who watches "The West Wing", or more specifically the last
two episodes, including last night's--are the /o/s of the new cast
addition, Ainsley the Republican lawyer, an affectation or a regional
trait, and if the latter, which region?  They're sort of fronted at
the first part of the diphthong, but there's something else going on.
I thought it might be a certain kind of private school education
feature, but a friend thought maybe Missouri.


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