Date: Sat, 5 Mar 1994 14:37:31 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Re: local locality pronunciation Dennis, You'll remember McDavid said I had a creolized variety of English (pr or maybe the perfect Midland), including most of the mergers in both South Midland and North Midland (though patriotically, I cling to the southern side). My problem in teaching at the University of Texas was that most of my students did not identify me as a Texan. Your remark about and makes me wonder whether the traditional South Midland lowering of the vowel in these words to /E/ or /ae/ could have been a result of an uncoscious reaction to the raising effect of the following velar, to prevent an interpretation as /iy/? Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]