vowel raising/fronting

James Smith jsmithjamessmith at YAHOO.COM
Wed Dec 13 16:30:59 UTC 2006

Gene Autry says "Santy" in his recording titled "Here
comes Santa Claus", which dates back to the 50's..

--- Michael H Covarrubias <mcovarru at PURDUE.EDU> wrote:

> I first heard "Santy Claus" for 'Santa Claus' years
> ago.  (It was probably
> "sanny".)  That was when I was in junior high.
> Years later in Indiana I've come across a similar
> schwa "fortition" on a local
> commercial.  The announcer for local business named
> "Second Glance" repeats the
> name several times, pronouncing "Second" [sEkiN]
> (N='eng' nasal).
> I've also heard the [I] of "him" raised to [i] when
> unstressed--for instance in
> a phrase like "ask him" or "tell him".
> These start as 3 distinct vowels, but is there a
> possible generalization here?
> (Something other than the obvious "they're all
> becoming [i]")
> Michael
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