Date: Sat, 8 Apr 1995 07:19:03 -0500
From: "Timothy C. Frazer" mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU
Subject: Re: Southern Shift?
Help! I thought the nuclei of the first two (/I/ and /E/) were at first lax.
Or am I only thinKing from the point of view of my dialect? Aren'tthey
tense only as a RESULT of the shift? And
And aren't the last three originally tense, having become lax on AFTER
On Fri, 7 Apr 1995, Garland D. Bills wrote:
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.
Garland D. Bills E-mail: gbills[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]unm.edu
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