Halloween pronunciation

Greg Pulliam pulliam at IIT.EDU
Fri Nov 2 18:11:41 UTC 2001

I think the NCV shift moves /ae/->/E/, so that "bat" sounds more like "bet."

>Could the questions here be related to the so-called 'Northern Cities vowel
>shift'? I gather the NCVW moves the cat vowel (ae) into the territory of the
>(a) as in 'father' vowel.
>Laurence Horn:
>>At 10:37 AM -0600 11/2/01, Donald M. Lance wrote:
>>>James Smith wrote:
>>>>  I've never heard it pronounced as Holloween.  Where is
>>>>  this being heard?
>>>All over every voice medium I've heard -- local and national.
>>Right, but it should be noted that it's often a bit tricky to tell,
>>given the fact that the first syllable doesn't get primary stress.
>>It's easier to tell with All Hallows/Hollows.
>Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at http://explorer.msn.com/intl.asp

Gregory J. Pulliam
Lewis Department of Humanities
218 Siegel Hall/3301 South Dearborn
Illinois Institute of Technology
Chicago, IL   60616

312.567.7968 or 312.567.3465

pulliam at iit.edu

More information about the Ads-l mailing list