stars and ours

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Thu May 31 13:09:46 UTC 2007

It sounds like Philadelphian to me. It's a feature of Chomsky's speech.


On 5/30/07, James Harbeck <jharbeck at> wrote:
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> Just read a poem by a high school student from western Canada that
> illustrates a standard Canadian pronunciation rather well: it rhymes
> "stars" with "ours" -- quite reasonably, though I'm not used to
> seeing those two words matched, perhaps because at least in my
> generation and earlier ones, we were taught that "ours" was properly
> pronounced like "hours," even if it almost never really was by us.
> Evidently even that awareness of [aUrz] as a citation form is
> disappearing. (This is from a well-educated kid, too -- a gifted
> student, graduating high school at 16.)
> That one's also common in much of the US, no?
> James Harbeck.
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