Date: Tue, 17 Feb 1998 10:47:43 -0500
From: Robert Kelly kelly[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]BARD.EDU
Subject: Re: flattening

a query on Pittsburgh:

a dear friend of mine from the outskirts (SW) of that city always realizes
gold as Gould, and goal (as in hockey) is homophonous with ghoul. Is that
idiolect, or common, or basic to the city or its purlieus? Since fifth is
fift in her speech (as in my university professor friends from eastern
Ohio), matching the sa:t for South of the posting, I'm led to ask.



Robert Kelly
Division of Literature and Languages, Bard College
Annandale-on-Hudson NY 12504
Voice Mail: 914-758-7600 Box 7205

On Tue, 17 Feb 1998, David Bergdahl wrote:

Pittsburgh is famous for its monophthongal versions of {AU} esp. on
the [sa:t saId]; the shibboleth {downtown} is used to discriminate
true south-siders from pretenders.
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