Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 19:42:56 -0500 From: Benjamin Barrett Subject: Re: Gutters >Date: Tue, 19 Dec 1995 17:34:50 EST >From: Terry Lynn Irons > >"Gutters" is one of the regional words discussed by Kurath in >Chapter III of his Word Geography. In looking at this item in >LANCS records, I keep coming across a variant with a transcription >something like the following (No detail on vowel in second word): > > [ li^id, traft] > >Even though the most common response is gutters, this variant shows >up often. My question is, is this a variation on the pronunciation of >"eave trough" or is it some lexical variant? (Clear instances of >eaves trough do occur.) The closest lexical item I can think of >is "leave." If "leave" comes to mind for you, "leaf trough" shouldn't be too far off. yoroshiku Benjamin Barrett