Northern Cities /aI/

Dennis R. Preston preston at MSU.EDU
Wed Dec 20 12:32:04 UTC 2006


Operating on the theory that others' vowels are often placed in a
peceptual position relative to our own and (and I apologize for
this), knowing your own linguistic background as I do, isn't it
possible that the probably backer and higher onset of your own /ay/
(or those you grew up with, even if you ahve eschewed it) would make
any lower and fronter one sound even more dramatically lower and

Just a thought.

Remember too that Canadian Raising in the US borderlands often fails
to observe the voce-voiceless rule of the original, perhaps a related
fact. We have recent local (rural) MI evidence of  this is /ay/
before /r/.


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>I was listening to call-in radio on my way home this evening. A caller
>from Buffalo (oh, you should have heard the vowel in the first syllable
>of Calgary!) pronounced "time" with an onset that I don't remember
>having noticed before. It was fronted and raised to the extent that I at
>first thought he'd said "tame", until the context rescued me. Am I just
>behind the curve noticing this?
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