Date: Mon, 28 Feb 1994 12:34:19 CST From: salikoko mufwene Subject: Re: [El[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]nojz] In Message Mon, 28 Feb 1994 11:42:00 MST, BBOLING%UNMB.BITNET[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] writes: > In a posting sent earlier today, which I inadvertantly deleted, the >native pronunciation of "Illinois" with initial [E] was mentioned. Here is a ni > ce early attestation of this pronunciation. It occurs in a letter of an >Ulster immigrant who had the pronunciation only from what he had heard in >Philadelphia (indicating a formerly widespread pronunciation with [E]-- >and probably final [z] too, since his spelling is largely phonetic): "hee >never Stoped till hee went to the Steate of Elinoys and he is living there >att the present time" (letter of December 11, 1850). > > Bruce D. Boling > University of New Mexico Are square brackets in this message used in more than one way? Does [E] stand for graphic "e" or phonetic [E]? I seem to have missed the beginning of the discussion. Should the graphic "E" in "Elinoys" be read as phonetic [E] (epsilon)? Salikoko S. Mufwene Linguistics, U. of Chicago s-mufwene[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] 312-702-8531