Date: Sat, 21 Mar 1998 10:42:04 EST
From: RonButters RonButters[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]AOL.COM
Subject: Re: standardization of non-standard forms

In a message dated 3/21/98 12:50:19 AM, t20mxs1[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]CORN.CSO.NIU.EDU wrote:

Example: Despite the occurence of lots of items that I once thought of
as "southern", DeKalb joins northern speech in rhyming the first
syllable of "any", "many", "penny" with "hen" and "men". Lafayette,
Indiana is south of that dividing line, in dialect, and rhymes those
words with "skinny". (Their first syllable rhymes with "pin" or

It seems to me that the [En]/[In] pronunciation is not so sharply
differentiated geographically--that for many speakers&locations in the Midwest
the rule is VARIABLE. For example, if I were asked to read a list of
individual words from flashcards, I'm sure that I'd pronounce ANY, MANY, &
PENNY with an [E], but in normal speech I sometimes say [I].