Date: Wed, 25 Jan 1995 19:25:49 -0800

From: Anton Sherwood dasher[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]NETCOM.COM

Subject: poor and pour

Eric Idle (of Monty Python's Flying Circus) pronounces "year"

more or less as /y[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]r/. This might be an example of loss of pre-r

vowel distinctions, but I prefer to take it as dissimilation of

/i/ from /y/, since I haven't caught him doing it in other /ir/ words.