Date: Sat, 8 Apr 1995 09:45:00 EDT

From: "Dennis.Preston" 22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.EDU

Subject: Re: Southern Shuft

My congratulations to Garland Bills for noticing that my first name (Dennis)

has already undergone neutralization (at [I]) in the first syllable and,

therefore, when it undergoes the Southern Shift, it is properly realized as

[di[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nIs] not [deynIs] which would have been the case if the earlier form were

[dEnIs]. It is in these subtle (sub-tile) ways that we catch y'all when y'all

doing your Beverly Hillbilles and Dukes of Hazard acts.

Note, by the way, that the lax (unstressed) [I] in the second syllable of my

name does not undergo the Southern Shift since the lack of stress on the

syllable takes it out of the peripheral (tense) classification. Here we could

catch you too. You might think that you had got the Southern Shift stuff down

and say [di[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]s], not realizing that many schwa positions in Southern and

South Midlands varieties are [I]. Worse, you might have known that but applied

the Southern Shift to both syllables, yielding the impossible [di[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ni[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]s].

Either way, you would have been found out, y'all wannabe sweet-talkers you.

[di[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nIs] Preston (Let's see who can do the last name right!)


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