Date: Sat, 27 Apr 1996 19:11:20 -0500
From: Dan Goodman goodman[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FREENET.MSP.MN.US
Subject: elementary questions
Some questions which are probably elementary:
1) Is there a term in between rhotic and nonrhotic? (I pronounce only
the second r in "partridge" but both r's in "airport".)
2) Is there any guide to American AND Canadian varieties of English?
That is, one which doesn't assume all dialects stop bang at the political
3) Is there any guide to _when_ geographical varieties of English took
more or less their present forms? For example, the Metropolitan New York
dialect was probably once close enough to the Hudson Valley dialect that
an outsider wouldn't have been able to hear the difference.