arKANsas (P.S.)

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Wed May 19 18:46:13 UTC 2010

At 5/19/2010 10:31 AM, Laurence Horn wrote:
>Oops, I see what you're getting at.  Nobody pronounces the last two
>"a"s of Arkansas "with the Italian sound".  The first one, yes.
>Guess the legislators got carried away.

I use three different A's.  I seem to be just one of "those of us
with too many low vowels."  Can that be regionalized like the
legendary merry/marry/Mary?

And I guess I should stay out of, and not run for office in,
Arkansaw.  (The state legislative resolution applies only to
pronunciation, so I presume I am safe -- at least according to the
resolution in question!)


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