Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1994 09:00:47 EST From: Wayne Glowka Subject: Re: 'the the' names; front vowels before l > >On a different topic, a student here at UTA is researching a southern >dialect feature (also found among rural speakers in Texas) whereby front >lax vowels become tense and diphthongized before /l/, as in /bijl/ for >'bill' and /wejl/ for 'well'. Has anything ever been *published* on this? > >Thanks, >Susan When I was a student at UTA, my friends and I used to adopt this practice for fun. We were particularly fond too of raising the first vowel in "Dallas" with a result something like [delIs]--without the diphthongization (I can't diphthongize the vowel with a following unaccented syllable: "bill" or "billfold"--yes; "billet"--no; "bell"--yes; "belly"--no). (Cf. the pronunciation on Willis Allen Ramsey's album that appeared sometime in the early seventies and once available for a dollar in Kmart stores. Ramsey was once a UTA student; his pronunciation may or may not support these observations completely. I think he got some dialect coaching.) Wayne Glowka Professor of English Director of Research and Graduate Student Services Georgia College Milledgeville, GA 31061 912-453-4222 wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] BITNET Address: Wglowka[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]USCN