Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Thu Dec 13 13:31:08 UTC 2001


It was this which led me to speculate that people were simply (sic)
hearing the [I]-like (principally) southern version  of schwa in such
environments. I discovered later that people were also interested in
an [i] pronunciation and that the [I]-like ones also extended beyond
southern areas (although never, so far as has been established in the
data I have seen on the list so far, in a completely unstressed
position, as would be the case in southern speech).


>On Wed, 12 Dec 2001, Amy L. Hayden wrote:
>>>  >On the newscasts here in the Chicago area, it's almost always
>pronounced -tis,
>>>  As in rhymes with "fleece"?
>>No, as in rhymes with "this".
>Oh, as is -/tIs/. Thanks.

Dennis R. Preston
Department of Linguistics and Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing MI 48824-1027 USA
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