Not plausible as cited, with comment:
2. Give me tens dollar.
But "give me ten dollar" is plausible. I have heard it, in
the form "gimme ten dollar", in New Orleans markets, at
midwestern farm auctions, and in Chicago Ebonics. In
face-to-face market settings where English was not the dominant
language, I can attest to hearing "gimme ten dollar" in Japan and
Korea, early 1950's; in Chicago's "Chinatown" many times over many
years; and in Mexico and Guatemala, 1990's.
7. 'pen' rhymes with 'bun'
"pin" and "bin", yes -- or "when" and "glen", yes. I hear
this as related to the "any, many, penny" set. In each of these
words, I expect (or would accept as "plausible") that the
first vowel will be a front vowel. Its placement ranges from
mid-high to somewhere around mid-middle, depending on regional
dialect. Rhyming 'pen' and 'bun' would lead me to expect to
hear the same speaker rhyming 'any' with 'honey', 'many' with
'money', and so on. I don't think I've ever heard anything like
9. 'thing' rhymes with 'bong'
'bang', or something close, yes. 'Eng' (as in Chang and Eng,
the once-famous Siamese twins), yes. 'king', yes. But how
would a speaker using the proposed thing-bong rhyme handle
the contrast between 'thing' and 'thong'?
10.'math' rhymes with 'cad'
I would find an UNvoiced final stop consonant plausible, but not
a voiced one: 'math' could rhyme with 'cat' but not with 'cad'.
The following is by way of an introduction:
Since I'm new to this list, I don't know if anyone here would have heard
of Henry Lee Smith's old radio (and early TV) program, "Where are you
from?" He would hand a card with twenty sets of diagnostic words
printed on it, and would ask someone from his audience to read the card.
He then would try to specify where in the U.S. the speaker had grown up,
and promised to locate most people within fifty miles. (The only items
I remember from the card are marry/merry/Mary and cot -- as opposed to
dog and caught.)
My normal speech is Midwestern Platform English. (That comes from
childhood and early adult voice training and "elocution lessons" for
both singing and acting.) When Haxey Smith tried to place me with his
"Where are you from" 20 questions, I played the game honestly -- and he
could only say that I came from somewhere in the middle Middle West,
possibly including Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa, Illinois, northern
Missouri, northern Indiana, or Michigan. There are some diagnostic
items not on his list (including, e.g., my use of a specifically native
pronunciation of "Chicago") that would give me away if the corpus of my
speech under examination were fairly large. But my voice coaches were
too good, and Smith's list is just too short, to make identification
obvious in my normal speech.
I got into anthropology through an interest in linguistics. My mentors
were Norman McQuown, Eric P. Hamp, Raven McDavid, and Don Mauricio
Swadesh. (I cite Swadesh in his Mexican persona because that's where I
worked with him.) I also took linguistics courses from Joseph Greenberg,
Sol Sapporta, Isidore Dyen, and Sidney Lamb. I had the benefit of three
years of almost daily interchanges with George Trager when he took a
post-retirement appointment here at NIU.
Nowadays, I'm strictly an amateur in linguistics and dialectology. I am
a social anthropologist, with focus on kinship/social organization,
politics, social stratification, and intergroup (and interethnic)
relations. My fieldwork areas are Mexico, Central America, and urban
-- mike salovesh salovesh[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]niu.edu
northern illinois university PEACE !!!