Date: Sat, 8 Apr 1995 07:19:03 -0500 From: "Timothy C. Frazer" 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 the shift? 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 > > Georgia. > > > > 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] > Department of Linguistics Tel.: (505) 277-7416 > University of New Mexico FAX: (505) 277-6355 > Albuquerque, NM 87131-1196 USA >