Date: Wed, 30 Nov 1994 17:12:30 CST From: Susan Herring Subject: 'the the' names; front vowels before l My favorite 'the the' name is one I've heard on the San Francisco Bay Peninsula: "the El Camino highway" (to refer to a major north-south route named "El Camino Real"). This is of course doubly redundant because 'camino' means 'road' in Spanish -- literally, 'the the highway highway'. On a different topic, a student here at UTA is researching a southern dialect feature (also found among rural speakers in Texas) whereby front lax vowels become tense and diphthongized before /l/, as in /bijl/ for 'bill' and /wejl/ for 'well'. Has anything ever been *published* on this? Thanks, Susan