End of ADS-L Digest - 22 Jul 1995 to 24 Jul 1995 ************************************************ There are 12 messages totalling 344 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. idear (2) 2. "On the Thames.." 3. Sherbert 4. sherb't 5. sherbe(r)t (4) 6. does anyone know? 7. quill 8. White w/one (was sherbe(r)t) ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Tue, 25 Jul 1995 00:36:11 -0400 From: David Carlson Subject: Re: idear Bill's explanation is quite correct about the so-called "linking-r" in Eastern New England and the fact that it is junctural and occurs intervocalically when one word ends in a vowel and the next word begins with a vowel. Hence JFK's "Cuba rand the United States" is quite natural for us in these parts as is "law rand order" with no /r/ phone in "order". One of my nieces had a passion for "rice cream" based upon her hearing "vanilla rice cream" as a normal request for vanilla ice cream. She would never say "vaniller", nor did JFK ever say "Cubar. "Idear is found in the New England Atlas by speakers who live very close to the boundary between Eastern and Western New England speech (by and large the Conn. River), and they are predominantly r-ful. What they have heard is "the idea rof it", and they interpret it to have their own word bounday in "idea' which is then realized as "idear". No r-ful speaker that I am aware of ever attaches the /r/ to "of" to produce "rof". That would sound silly. The reason we have this so-called "linking-r" and not "idear", "Cubar", and "vaniller" is that we lack post-vocalic /r/, and I suspect a good many of us also lack intervocalic /r/ which leads me to a comment I had intended to make about the pron of harrassmen duting the earlier discussion. In ENE the first two syllables of "harrassment" do not rhyme with "her *ss". What this means is that we have only pre-vocalic /r/, and we do nor rhyme "mary" "marry" and "merry", nor do we rhyme "furry", "hurry", and "worry". In my salad days I didn't quite know what to make of people who did. Regards, David R. Carlson Springfield College