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Re: more English orthography

From:nicole perrin <nicole.eap@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 21:13
> > From: "John Cowan" > > > Roger Mills wrote: > > > > Similar neutralization before /r/ seems to be characteristic of most > General > > > Midwestern speech, maybe all American except Southern(?). > > > No, I have the Mary/marry/merry distinction, and I was born north of > Macey-Dixie. > > I think this isogloss encloses the Eastern Seaboard as well as the South. > > I think I've got a two-way distinction between Mary/merry vs. marry. Mary > Poppins and Merry Christmas sound the same in my idiolect. Though I hail > from Boston ('burbs), I don't have the accent, which I attribute to being > part of the TV generation. Still, "I'll have a Bloody Mary." sounds a little > different from "Have a Merry Christmas." /E:/ vs. /E/? A big three-way > distinction sounds very New York to me.
Yeah, I think so too. It seems to me that most New England dialects don't have the three way distinction, only the two that Douglas has. I live in the suburbs of New York though, and definitely have a three-way distinction. Nicole