Date: Thu, 1 Dec 1994 18:41:49 -0500 From: "Peter L. Patrick" 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...? --peter patrick