Date: Sat, 8 Apr 1995 15:55:00 EDT From: "Dennis.Preston" <22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.EDU> Subject: Re: Southern Shift? That was the point of my longish note, Tim. The nucleus of the diphthongal [Iy] and [Ey] is less peripheral than the corresponding plain [I] and [E] vowels. Hence the less peripheral vowels fall and the more peripheral ones raise (and get inglides, by the way). Of course, the traditional classifications are getting in the way here. Dennis Preston 22709mgr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] or preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]