Ash-tensing in *ANAE* (was: The duration of /ae/ and /ai/)

Matthew Gordon gordonmj at MISSOURI.EDU
Thu Jan 24 20:28:18 UTC 2008

Maybe the point is that can't reduce the /ae/ in the aux in this sentence,
at least I can't. Even though the main stress would be on the word filling
in the blank, I still can't say [kIn] etc. here.

-Matt Gordon

On 1/24/08 8:53 AM, "David Bowie" <db.list at PMPKN.NET> wrote:

> From:    Damien Hall <halldj at BABEL.LING.UPENN.EDU>
>> No, they didn't ignore that.  As far as I'm aware, none of Labov's work on
>> the
>> quality of any vowel analyses unstressed tokens, for that very reason.  For
>> this particular case, I've actually written (under his direction) formal
>> tests
>> to measure ash-tensing in that very word, and the approved sentences were as
>> follows:
>> - It's very difficult to get a good cheesesteak, but at _________ you can.
>> - These days, Coke cans are made of __________.
>> So, stressed tokens of *can* (n.) and *can* (v.).
> How did you make sure that the final verb was stressed? It took me a
> couple readings to realize that you can say the first sentence without
> heavy stress on the blank, with stress trailing off after that. (You
> know, "...but at *Pat's* you can.")
> Or is north of Baltimore (your subjects) that different from south of
> Baltimore (me) even in prosodic sorts of things?
> <snip>
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