Date: Sat, 6 Jan 1996 15:00:42 EST From: Terry Lynn Irons Subject: American Diphthongs It has been noted in many places that the diphthong that developed from ME u has a nucleus varying from [a] to [ae] to [[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]] with variations all around. The upglide varies from [U] to [w]. In looking through some LANCS records for the term for removing dried beans from the pod, which alternates lexically as shelling/hulling, often with "out" as a verb particle combination, I came across a variant for the upglide that I had never seen nor heard before, namely [o]. At first I thought it was a mistake, but it occurs in several records transcribed by Raven McDavid. In most instances the nucleus vowel is [ae] but in one case it is [a]. Has anyone else come across such a pronunciation of this diphthong? I'm trying to produce it myself, but I don't know if I've got it right and I haven't tried it out [ae o t] on anyone yet. Could the fronting of the nucleus result in a lowering of the upglide? I have heard locally a reduction to [[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]] (represents mid central position) after an tensed and raised [ae]. Could this be a fronting from the [o]? Terry Irons -- (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*) Terry Lynn Irons t.irons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Voice Mail: (606) 783-5164 Snail Mail: UPO 604 Morehead, KY 40351 (*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)=(*)