Date: Mon, 4 Dec 1995 23:05:55 EST From: Larry Horn Subject: Re: On Wisconsin! >FWIW, My wife's name is Holly and she complains that Minnesotans call her >[haeli]. A bit of an exageration, but not too far off. This fronted, >nasalised pronunciation seems to be age graded (with younger people >seeming to have the more fronted/nasalised version) and, I believe, >urban, altho I have not made enough tapes (I did a small study of this >feature in the summer of '94) of ruralites to make any conclusive >statement. Ah yes, the Great Northern Vowel Shift. I've heard Bill Labov talk about it for years, but my most memorable encounter was still my first, back in the early 1960's in my undergraduate days at the University of RIAAAENNN-ch'ster (that's supposed to be a highish front very nasalized vowel)--the university/city east of Buffalo, where I spent one puzzling but ultimately enlightening hour on a blind date with a young woman from the area who seemed to be talking about salads and couldn't figure out what \I/ was saying, since she meant SALads, you know, as opposed to liquids... --Larry