Date: Thu, 9 Mar 1995 16:20:09 -0800 From: Peter McGraw Subject: Re: suite /sut/ On Thu, 9 Mar 1995, Tom Murray wrote: > Does anyone have any data, formal or informal, on *suite* pronounced /sut/, as > in "My parents just bought a new bedroom /sut/"? It occurs more frequently tha > n you might think, and not just among speakers with relatively low levels of ed > ucation. (My mother-in-law, for example, who has a Master's Degree and many ye > ars of experience both in public education and in business, regularly uses the > pronunciation, as does my wife, an attorney.) Beth Simon and I are collecting > attestations, and would appreciate any help that readers of this list can provi > de. > --Tom Murray (TEM[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]KSUVM.KSU.EDU) > How are you defining "attestations"? Complete with speaker name and date, or more loosely defined? I first encountered this pronunciation when we were buying a house in Chattanooga, TN, in 1970, then learned that it was the universal pronunciation there. A fellow graduate student at the U. of Wisconsin from Arkansas, when I repeated it to him, told me that anyone in Arkansas who said [swi:t] for 'suite' would be perceived as putting on airs. Not long after that, to my surprise I heard my great aunt use the [su:t] pronunciation. She had no higher education but was well read and came from a family that considered itself "refined." Her speech (phonologically, at least) was northern, though she lived most of her life in Oklahoma (mother born in Illinois, father born in England). Peter McGraw Linfield College McMinnville, OR