Date: Tue, 13 Dec 1994 09:51:20 -0600 From: "Timothy C. Frazer" Subject: Re: Da Bears On Tue, 13 Dec 1994, Katherine Catmull wrote: > > I may be misunderstanding what you're saying here, but there are parts of > Chicago where "the" (or "dah") takes a much flatter sound than you'd get > in, say, Duh Bronx. I think the Saturday Night Live people got it right, > and "dah" would be the best spelling. > > Kate Catmull kate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] > That;s an interesting bit of news. I haven't lived in Chicago much so didn't get to hear it. Thanks. By "flatter" sound did you mean like with the tongue raised and tensed, like toward barred [I]? I would describe the low central [a] as "open" rather than flat. Tim