Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1994 18:41:49 -0500
From: "Peter L. Patrick" PPATRICK[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
Subject: Re: RE /bijl/
Just a query: is this different from the usual pronunciations east of
Texas where there's a second nucleus (syllable)? eg /bij[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]l/? I don't
think I can even say it all in one syllable!
If this is part of "The Drawl" then I bet it's been studied to
the eyeballs, but I confess to only being familiar with the recent
work on triphthongal pronunciations of words like "well" by Corky
Feagin (who is well-known to ADS folks but, bless her, still isn't on
email though she keeps threatening...). No doubt we have real scholars
of Southern Vowels out there who can enlighten me further...?