Date: Wed, 19 Nov 1997 12:32:43 +0000 From: Aaron Drews Subject: Re: Merzouri -er- does not always refer to a schwa like sound in British Englishes. The words _clerk_ and _derby_, eg, are pronounced with modern realisations of [-a(r)-]. From what I understand, "Barkely" "Barcly" (etc), and "Berkely" all spring from a common source, and all pronounced with [-a(r)-]. The poet may have heard an Englishman or Scotsman say "Berkely" with a back vowel, and "transcribed" his impression. Nowadays, Berkely (as in U.C.), is pronounced with a schwa (RP) or an epsilon (Scottish). All the other examples are still -ar-. --Aaron ===================================================================== ====== Aaron E. Drews Ph.D. Candidate +44 (0)131 650-3485 The University of Edinburgh fax: +44 (0)131 650-3962 Departments of Linguistics and English Language