Date: Wed, 5 Nov 1997 08:56:06 +0000 From: Jim Rader Subject: Re: /gIt/ vs. /gEt/ The articulation of with [I] is recorded in Peter Levins rhyme dictionary (1570) and by Christopher Cooper (1685). Dobson includes it in instances of early raising of Middle English to between [g] or [j] and a dental; other examples occur in , , , and . There are plenty of examples of /gIt/ in English dialects (see Wright and the Survey of English Dialects dictionary). Despite the antiquity of this pronunciation it still seems to be some sort of register marker when people actually spell it as in .. Jim Rader