Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 09:11:03 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: near rich
I'm sure Al was typing fast and didn't mean it, but this is one of my
favorite phrases yet:
'I don't think there was anything linguistic about his pronunciation,...'
On Sun, 12 Nov 1995, David Bergdahl wrote:
Could it be that the senator's mishearing was due to a lenis glottal stop to
separate the two syllables of r-less NEAR: [ni?[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]] with ?=g.s & [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]=schwa I'm
a hundred miles upstream from Louisville but that articulation isn't totally
foreign to my ear.
I guess it could be but when I heard the broadcast I think it was a
simple matter of physical noise on the line. And the senator is over 70
so maybe he just can't hear very well. I don't think there was anything
linguistic about his pronunciation, but I think the fact that he used the
taboo term is the issue -- sociolinguitic I would say.
-- awfutr01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]homer.louisville.edu
Dept of Communication -- University of Louisville