Southern stress shift

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Sat Jan 19 02:53:58 UTC 2013

Indianapolis is the northern tip of the Hoosier Apex, and so Southern
speech is pretty common there.
  In this particular commercial, spoken, I think, by Ray Skillman, owner of
several Indy-area dealerships, September was not being contrasted with
other months.  Initial stress seemed normal to him.


On Fri, Jan 18, 2013 at 12:41 AM, W Brewer <brewerwa at> wrote:

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> HS:  <<<Southern Stress Shift, Indianapolis care dealer, "September">>>
> Outside the Southern American English map, but may have migrated. Being
> "care"-ful to distinguish September from the other -ember months? (Why is
> July end-stressed? Maximally distinguished from Ju-ne?) Influenced by
> initial stress on days of the week? Cf. 2013 [twuh.knee THIRteen], emphasis
> on distinguishing syllable. Or it's all just CHAOS, A-A-A-A-A-AH!
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