Date: Wed, 6 Dec 1995 08:48:35 CST


Subject: Re: name's the same


I've never heard this pronunciation for 'bag' here in MN. The usual

pronunciation here is [be:g] (It's a scream to hear a bunch of Minnesota

kids say the the "Pledge of Allegiance" to the [fle:g]!). When my oldest

son was in first grade, one of his spelling words was 'bag'. When the

teacher, a MN-sotan, pronounced the word, he naturally wrote b-e-g , which

is what he heard her say. So, his perfect score was dashed because of

dialect interference.

What's really interesting, tho, is that when my wife and I asked the

teacher about this at parent/teacher conference, the teacher could hear

no difference between her pronunciation [beg] and ours [baeg]!

Fritz Juengling

Upon moving to MN, I was surprised to hear my co-workers pronounce

the male name "Don" and the female name "Dawn" exactly the same way.

Are they also pronounced the same in other parts of the country?