the curious phonology of wisconsin

Wilson Gray wilson.gray at RCN.COM
Fri Dec 3 15:41:14 UTC 2004

On Dec 3, 2004, at 1:19 AM, Douglas G. Wilson wrote:

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> Poster:       "Douglas G. Wilson" <douglas at NB.NET>
> Subject:      Re: the curious phonology of wisconsin
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> An addendum: I've heard several times here in Pittsburgh the
> pronunciation
> /wEs kan s at n/, which I don't recall hearing elsewhere. Is it modeled
> on (a
> closer state's name) /wEs(t) v at r dZIn j@/?
> -- Doug Wilson

It's possibly a hypercorrection helped along by West Virginia. When I
was in the process of losing my down-home accent, I took the state's
name all the way to "West Consin" before I realized my error.

-Wilson Gray

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