End of ADS-L Digest - 4 Mar 1994 to 5 Mar 1994 ********************************************** There are 3 messages totalling 51 lines in this issue. Topics of the day: 1. COOL /u/ or /y/ 2. local locality pronunciation 3. y'all singular attested in Louisiana ---------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: Sun, 6 Mar 1994 08:27:00 EST From: BERGDAHL%A1.OUVAX.mrgate[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU Subject: Re: COOL /u/ or /y/ From: NAME: David Bergdahl FUNC: English TEL: (614) 593-2783 To: NAME: MX%"ADS-L[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga.cc.uga.edu" In this part of SE Ohio fronted variants of [u] and [U] are common, e.g. 'cool' and 'good' esp. among the Appalachian population. Appalachian is a good test case: Pennsylvannian-derived settlers say it with [ae] while Kentucky-derived ones favor [e]. Other interesting (pronounced inner resting) features here are the tensing of [I], [E] & [U] before sh in fish, special (=spatial) and push. The [E] to [e] shift is heard far outside this region and seems to have no social value, and the shift occurs before {zh} too, e.g. measure. The [I] to [i] shift has some appalachian associations but seems to be losing its social value in words like decision and transmission: polysyllables. David Bergdahl Ohio University/Athens BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU