vowel raising/fronting

Benjamin Zimmer bgzimmer at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU
Wed Dec 13 18:54:34 UTC 2006

On 12/13/06, James Smith <jsmithjamessmith at yahoo.com> wrote:
>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.
> Gene Autry says "Santy" in his recording titled "Here
> comes Santa Claus", which dates back to the 50's..

And don't forget the sanity clause.


--Ben Zimmer

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