Date: Thu, 15 Dec 1994 23:02:45 -0500 From: Thomas Sherlock Subject: /biyl/ On Thu, 15 Dec 1994 "David A. Johns" said: >Here in southeast Georgia I get a lot of spelling mistakes of the type FEEL ><--> FILL and SALE <--> SELL. But these pronunciations are mixed up with at >least three other phenomena. > >First, breaking. As far as I can tell, /I/ and /E/ always break in word-final >stressed syllables, and when they do, the first part of the diphthong is higher >and tense: [ij[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]] and [ej[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]]. But before consonants other than /l/, there is no >merger, since /i/ and /e/ are lowered and strongly diphthongized: /i/ --> [ej] >and /e/ --> [&j] (where [&] is [a_e]). So we get BIT [bij[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]t] but BEET [bejt]. What sound does [[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]] represent? Is it a schwa? Can this be found in some sort of FAQ? Also, I wonder if the southeast Georgian accent can in any way have been influenced by the Cajuns or Acadiens of Louisiana? teej teej[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Thomas J. Sherlock 51-44 70th Street Woodside, NY 11377 (212)596-1742