Anybody here noticed this anywhere? More Facebook

Wilson Gray hwgray at GMAIL.COM
Tue Aug 12 07:18:12 UTC 2014

On Tue, Aug 12, 2014 at 1:33 AM, Paul Johnston <paul.johnston at>

> 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.

That's close enough for government work, Paul.

An Fb-friend from East Texas posted an article on Valley-girl-isms and a
friend of his from Stephen F. Austin State - now that I think about it,
that school is in *East* Texas and not Central Texas - responded with what
I've quoted. Since that's the entirety of the post, it's not clear that the
poster was necessarily talking about something that she'd heard in Texas.


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