Date: Fri, 7 Apr 1995 20:09:07 -0600

From: "Garland D. Bills" gbills[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UNM.EDU

Subject: Re: Southern Shuft

On Fri, 7 Apr 1995, Wayne Glowka wrote:

I will defer to a professional, but I'd say the opposite is true in Central


BIT sounds like [bixt] x = schwa

BET sounds like [bext]

BEET sounds like [bxit]

BAIT sounds like [b[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]eit] or [baeit]

Full of [bxinz],

It will be noted that Wayne's examples support exactly what D[ix]nis (that

is, Labov) was saying. The syllabic nuclei of the first two are

peripheral (tense) and therefore rising. The nuclei of the last three are

non-peripheral (lax) and therefore falling.

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