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Re: more English orthography

From:DOUGLAS KOLLER <laokou@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 22:59
From: "John Cowan"

> Roger Mills wrote:
> > Similar neutralization before /r/ seems to be characteristic of most
> > Midwestern speech, maybe all American except Southern(?).
> No, I have the Mary/marry/merry distinction, and I was born north of
> 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. Kou