Date: Mon, 20 Mar 1995 09:25:48 -0800
From: Peter McGraw pmcgraw[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CALVIN.LINFIELD.EDU
Subject: Re: Willamette Valley and Oregon
A few (quite a few) years ago there was a book of photos of Oregon by
Ellis Lucia titled "Don't Call It Or-ee-gawn."
I don't recall hearing the pronunciation with schwa in the second syllable
(OR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]g[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n) for a long time. I learned to substitute an /i/ for my /[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]/ in
that position when I moved here from California as a kid, and the /i/
pronunciation seems to be all one hears nowadays from those who live
here, even though the full vowel in the unstressed syllable seems to run
counter to English stress patterns.
A person from Oregon, and Portland's only daily newspaper, are pronounced
/or [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] GO ni [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n/.
McMinnville, Orygun, the WilLAMette Valley