Date: Thu, 15 Dec 1994 23:02:45 -0500
From: Thomas Sherlock teej[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PIPELINE.COM
On Thu, 15 Dec 1994 "David A. Johns"
DJOHNS%UFPINE.BITNET[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UGA.CC.UGA.EDU said:
Here in southeast Georgia I get a lot of spelling mistakes of the type
-- FILL and SALE -- SELL. But these pronunciations are mixed up with
least three other phenomena.
First, breaking. As far as I can tell, /I/ and /E/ always break in
stressed syllables, and when they do, the first part of the diphthong is
and tense: [ij[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]] and [ej[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]]. But before consonants other than /l/, there
merger, since /i/ and /e/ are lowered and strongly diphthongized: /i/ --
and /e/ -- [&j] (where [&] is [a_e]). So we get BIT [bij[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]t] but BEET
What sound does [[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]] represent? Is it a schwa? Can this be found in some
sort of FAQ?
Also, I wonder if the southeast Georgian accent can in any way have been
influenced by the Cajuns or Acadiens of Louisiana?
teej[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pipeline.com
Thomas J. Sherlock
51-44 70th Street
Woodside, NY 11377