Date: Tue, 13 Dec 1994 10:51:10 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: Da Bears In Message Tue, 13 Dec 1994 09:51:20 -0600, "Timothy C. Frazer" writes: >> 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. I may have a distorted perception as a non-native speaker, but in the phrase "Dah Bulls," with which I am more familiar, the article sounds somewhere between a schwa and [a]. (I don't remember whether I have seen "dah" always spelled with "h".) Sali. Salikoko S. Mufwene University of Chicago Dept. of Linguistics 1010 East 59th Street Chicago, IL 60637 s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531; fax: 312-702-9861