Date: Thu, 13 Mar 1997 14:15:55 +0900


Subject: Re: Kurath's categories of variation

Dale F.Coye wrote:

On the subject of pronunciation, Kurath talked about three kinds of variation

-- phonetic (different realizations of phonemes), phonemic (different number

of phonemes in the sound system), and lexical incidence of shared phonemes

(whether you use /s/ or /z/ in greasy. Is there another name for this last

category that I'm not aware of? It's so awkward to refer to it, as in a

sentence like: In this region there are some phonetic differences but also

many BLANK variations.

Chambers and Trudgill call them "pronunciation isoglosses" in

_Dialectology_ and differentiate between these and the sack/bag

isoglosses which they refer as "lexical isoglosses" (page 113).

Danny Long

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