Date: Mon, 13 Nov 1995 09:11:03 -0500 From: "Dennis R. Preston" 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,...' Dennis Preston >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