The California Vowel Shift

Tom Zurinskas truespel at HOTMAIL.COM
Tue Dec 3 22:07:54 UTC 2013

The California vowel shift from the Portland Monthly

"These days, he’s (Jeff Conn of Portland State) paying special attention to the way Portlanders pronounce words like caught, dude, and no. He’s monitoring those words for signs of a phantom invasion—he wants to know if your dude sounds like di-ood, if your caught sounds like cot, if your no sounds like ne-ow. If any of those mutations is taking root in your speech, you could be part of a transformation known as the California Vowel Shift. First observed in the Bay Area, the phenomenon appears to be spreading."
Yes! - Awe-dropping is called a mutation.

Tom Zurinskas, Conn 20 yrs, Tenn 3, NJ 33, now Fl 9.
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