Date: Sat, 26 Feb 1994 07:12:43 -0600 From: mftcf[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]UXA.ECN.BGU.EDU Subject: Re: local locality pronunciations I went to bed last nite and forgot this one: Gratiot, Wisconsin, locally = gra'chit Of course, my home state has an initial /E/ for most of us, except for opera singers hired to perform the state song who pronounce it with an /I/. Some of us still give it a final /z/. Near where I live is Bushnell. Locally the /U/ gets extremely tensed or fronted. We also have a Sciota, named after Scioto River, Ohio, but for once the schwa got into the spelling of the Illinois version. Oh yeah, I had a speech teacher who insisted on Illinois with /I/. That reminds me, has anyone ever had the experience of being in a church or school choir and had some choir director who insists on weird pronunciations, like aspirating final /t/?