Date: Fri, 21 Apr 1995 08:14:40 -0700
From: Dan Alford dalford[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]S1.CSUHAYWARD.EDU
Subject: SE Missouri pronunciations
My Ozarks mom happens to be sitting right here as the message about "pliers,
St. Louis, ornery and ignorant" comes through, and she validates all those
forms mostly as given. But for instance, her 'pliers' is more like /pla:rz/;
Saint/Sant has a nasalized vowel; personally, I didn't know there was a
three-syllable word 'or-ner-y' until high school, but I think I learned very
quickly in my first public-school experience (junior high -- Christian school
before that) that I was no longer just 2-syllable ig-nert [no final nazalization
anywhere, I'm still surprised to hear!] but now 3-syllable ig-nor-ant!
-- Moonhawk (%- )
"The fool on the hill sees the sun going down and
the eyes in his head see the world spinning round"