Date: Thu, 12 Sep 1996 17:57:05 -0400
From: "David Bergdahl (614) 593-2783" BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Subject: Re: Greasy et al.
Syracuse. Many folks I knew growing up (in Tennessee) and other
Southerners used the voiced fricate here. Network sportscasters
seem all to use the s.
When I was an undergrad at Syr Univ there was a real split between the upstaters
who pronounced it [ser[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]kus] and we downstaters who said [sir[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]kuz] with [AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] =
schwa. I never thought of the -s- as distinctive: I focused on the vowel before
David Bergdahl BERGDAHL[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]OUVAXA.CATS.OHIOU.EDU
Associate Professor of English Language and Literature
Ohio University / Athens fax: (614) 593-2818