Date: Wed, 9 Feb 1994 12:20:02 +0100

From: Peter Trudgill PeterJohn.Trudgill[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ANGL.UNIL.CH

Subject: Re: Sluff/Slough

No, there's no merger of /ow/ and /au/ anywhere. What has happened

is what John Wells calls diphthong shift, so that /ow/ is /aw/ in the

London region while /aw/ is /dw/ or /ew/ or /a:/. "Slow in Slough" is a

joke, but not a pun!

Peter Trudgill

P.J. Trudgill

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