Date: Wed, 22 Apr 1998 12:02:24 -0500
From: Thomas Klein
Subject: Query: Monophthongization of /aw/ in S. Carolina and Georgia

Hello everybody:

I am interested in finding out if there is any evidence for the
monophthongal pronunciation of the diphthong /aw/ in the South Carolina Low
Country and along the Georgia coast line. Specifically, I am trying to find
out if words such as 'house', 'now', 'around', 'down', 'out', and 'about'
are pronounced with a monophthong rather than [aw] in these areas. The
particular monophthong I have in mind is cardinal vowel #6, the lower-mid
back rounded vowel represented by the 'open o' IPA symbol. Other
monophthongal pronunciations would be extremely interesting to me as well.
I am interested in this pronunciation for the period after 1950 and for
speakers of European and African descent. I have checked the following
standard references to this point: LAMSAS (online), DARE, and Kurath &
McDavid. All of these sources document diphthongs for /aw/, but no
monophthongs in the areas I'm interested in. Please reply directly to me
rather than to the list. I'll post a summary of responses to the list.

Thanks very much.

Thomas Klein

Visiting Assistant Professor
Linguistics Department
Georgetown University
Washington, DC 20057