Date: Sun, 1 Sep 1996 21:51:14 -0500
From: "Joseph C. Salmons" jsalmons[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]FACSTAFF.WISC.EDU
Subject: Re: kimmelwick
Larry Horn writes...
[T]he unrounding of high front vowels is of course quite common.
I don't know enough about PA D(e)ut(s)ch to know if unrounding is a
symptom of that dialect as it is of Yiddish (e.g. "shtick").
Yes, it is, but the southern/central dialects where 'Weck' would be
used are generally unrounding. We don't even necessarily have to look
to Pennsylvania German on this one, since similar German borrowings
for cultural items abound across so much of the country. On the other
hand, 'Weck' does occur in the west middle/SW German dialect areas
that PaGm has grown from.
Luanne von Schneidemesser has done lots of really good and interesting
work on such German loans in American English and maybe she knows the
details of this item.