Northern Cities /aI/

Jonathan Lighter wuxxmupp2000 at YAHOO.COM
Wed Dec 20 13:06:22 UTC 2006

I seem to recall that the Loopners skits on _Saturday Night Live_ twenty years ago featured this pronunciation.

  Seem to.


Alice Faber <faber at HASKINS.YALE.EDU> wrote:
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Subject: Northern Cities /aI/

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

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