/ei/ ~ /i:/ in "Kean"

Alice Faber faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU
Tue Dec 17 16:56:26 UTC 2002

Dale Coye said:
>I believe Tom pronounces his last name a la Irlandais

Exactly. There are still pockets in Ireland where reflexes of Middle
English /E:/ are /e(i)/ rather than /i/. John Harris and others have
written on this. I lived in the NY metro area for most of Kean's
governorship, and his name was always pronounced /e/.

Alice Faber                                             faber at haskins.yale.edu
Haskins Laboratories                                  tel: (203) 865-6163 x258
New Haven, CT 06511 USA                                     fax (203) 865-8963

More information about the Ads-l mailing list