Anybody here noticed this anywhere? More Facebook

Paul Johnston paul.johnston at WMICH.EDU
Tue Aug 12 05:33:22 UTC 2014

Wilson. I didn't know about this /e/-raising in Central Texas, but I've heard of it from the Pacific Northwest., and I believe, as a recent development, in Bill Labov's Philadelphia material.  The last one could be a reaction to [ei] > [Ei], too.


On Aug 12, 2014, at 12:53 AM, Wilson Gray <hwgray at GMAIL.COM> wrote:

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> "Another trend [in Central Texas] is pronouncing the long a as a long e.
> Examples: baby as beeby, came as ceeme, date, deet...Jake, Jeek...wait
> weet..."
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