Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Wed Apr 17 18:20:14 UTC 2002

Nope. I lived in Western NY for several years and we were all
front-vowel pronouncers of "basque."

And I can prove I lived there. I know what Beef on Wick (aka Weck) is.


>--On Wednesday, April 17, 2002 10:50 am -0400 Benjamin Fortson
><fortson at FAS.HARVARD.EDU> wrote:
>>I've never heard Basque pronounced with a back vowel, myself. I've always
>>pronounced it as [baesk], as has every linguist and non-linguist that I've
>>ever heard say it...
>I'm starting to think I'm crazy then, although the Basque scholar here and
>I are both from Western NY.  Perhaps it's local to that area?
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