Date: Sun, 7 Jan 1996 00:31:28 CST
From: "Donald M. Lance" ENGDL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MIZZOU1.MISSOURI.EDU
Subject: Re: American Diphthongs
In recordings of Missourians of German descent, I found [ao] to be
the diphthong used by those who had maintained several other German-
influenced features such as retracted [a]. Of course, they hadn't
retracted the [a] but simply used the sound of the German long a.
Once you start noticing [ao] you'll hear it frequently. DMLance