Date: Sun, 2 Jan 1994 08:00:53 -0600
From: Natalie Maynor maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]RA.MSSTATE.EDU
Subject: Re: Regional variation in BE
Another items was
evidence that older speakers in Texas had the /IN/:/EN/ distinction, but that
it had been lost among younger speakers. This evidence considerably confounds
the view that the lack of the distinction is an original diagnostic of BE.
Research that Guy Bailey and I did in Texas and Mississippi in the early
'80s (some of it from tapes made earlier than that) found more such evidence.
We found the /In/:/En/ distinction present among older speakers regardless
of race and absent among younger speakers regardless of race.
--Natalie (maynor[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]ra.msstate.edu)
(behind in mail)