Date: Sun, 12 Nov 1995 20:08:27 -0500 From: Al Futrell Subject: Re: near rich 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. Al Futrell -- awfutr01[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] -- Dept of Communication -- University of Louisville