More specifics on "Baseball been berry berry good to me"

Dennis R. Preston preston at PILOT.MSU.EDU
Fri Dec 6 12:34:15 UTC 2002


Having done research among Indiana farmboys (albeit not in the area
of their sexual preferences), I have not yet encountered the
astonishing /v/---> /b/ you describe. Since several of my doctoral
candidates (will this never end!) are writing dissertations on
various aspects of Midwestern English (sic), we hope you will be
willing to share your tapes so we can look at this phenomenon more


PS: I like 'terminally goofy' and, with your permission, will
immediately include in my set of self-descriptors.

>i *think* this started as a private exchange between larry and me,
>but maybe the topic is of general interest.
>larry doesn't know this, but i asked him because, in an extravagantly
>silly mood at the end of the quarter - will these oral exams never
>stop? - i've been considering writing [note: *good* doubl-ing example]
>a burlesque entitled "Homosexuality been berry berry good to me", in the
>voice of an indiana farmboy who makes it to the pros.
>ok, make that "terminally goofy"...
>arnold (zwicky at

Dennis R. Preston
Professor of Linguistics
Department of Linguistics & Germanic, Slavic,
      Asian & African Languages
Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI 48824-1027
e-mail: preston at
phone: (517) 353-9290

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