Date: Sat, 5 Mar 1994 16:12:00 EST From: "Dennis.Preston" <22709MGR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]MSU.BITNET> Subject: Re: local locality pronunciation Rudy, You will lose Valley Boy status if you continue to claim that the vowels of king, kin, and ken are all the same for you. You mean to say there is no hint of lowering and diphthongization in your 'king.' (Perhaps there is some lexical specification to this. I note that the process is much stronger in 'bring' and nearly categorical in 'thing' in my (Louisville, KY) speech.) Dennis Preston 22709mgr[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]msu.bitnet