Date: Sun, 9 Apr 1995 17:18:22 EDT From: Terry Lynn Irons Subject: Re: Southern Shuft > > [dEn[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]s] Baron shore ain't no Southern Shifter. [prIstIn] is way off (but not > bad for a New Zealand pronunciation of it - too far south). No other takers? > Dennis Preston > 22709mgr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > changing to > preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > When I lived in Georgia, I worked with a psychologist named Steve Bell. Rural northern Ga speakers called him something like [b[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]e[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]l]. Even after the raising, the onset schwa is there. Back to which I will come. Based on this evidence and other field observations, I would say becomes [pr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]e[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]stIn]. All of the data presented start with stops. I wonder if the onset schwa everybody hears has to do with the quality of the vowel and what happens to it. I suspect it has more to do with the initial consonant. What data without initial consonants are there? comes to mind. It lowers, but it lacks the onset people report in . Could you clarify for me what peripheral/nonperipheral mean in acoustic and articulatory terms? I am unaware of any principles of sound change. All I am familiar with are hypotheses within the context of certain paradigms and then certain facts. Terry Irons -- (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)