Date: Mon, 20 Mar 1995 09:25:48 -0800 From: Peter McGraw Subject: Re: Willamette Valley and Oregon A few (quite a few) years ago there was a book of photos of Oregon by Ellis Lucia titled "Don't Call It Or-ee-gawn." I don't recall hearing the pronunciation with schwa in the second syllable (OR[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]g[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n) for a long time. I learned to substitute an /i/ for my /[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]/ in that position when I moved here from California as a kid, and the /i/ pronunciation seems to be all one hears nowadays from those who live here, even though the full vowel in the unstressed syllable seems to run counter to English stress patterns. A person from Oregon, and Portland's only daily newspaper, are pronounced /or [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] GO ni [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]n/. Peter McGraw Linfield College McMinnville, Orygun, the WilLAMette Valley