Date: Sat, 27 Apr 1996 19:11:20 -0500 From: Dan Goodman 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 border. 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. Dan Goodman