Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 19:42:56 -0500

From: Benjamin Barrett Gogaku[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GNN.COM

Subject: Re: Gutters

Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 17:34:50 EST

From: Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MOREHEAD-ST.EDU

"Gutters" is one of the regional words discussed by Kurath in

Chapter III of his Word Geography. In looking at this item in

LANCS records, I keep coming across a variant with a transcription

something like the following (No detail on vowel in second word):

[ li^id, traft]

Even though the most common response is gutters, this variant shows

up often. My question is, is this a variation on the pronunciation of

"eave trough" or is it some lexical variant? (Clear instances of

eaves trough do occur.) The closest lexical item I can think of

is "leave."

If "leave" comes to mind for you, "leaf trough" shouldn't be too far off.


Benjamin Barrett