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Re: more English orthography

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, May 17, 2000, 18:11
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.
> Occasionally I do have/A/ in just two words: water, and rather. _Water_ > was changed because my Midwestern (probably nasalized, too) ['wa:t@r] was > just too much for my (upper class, Eastern) boarding-school-mates and was > the object of much derision (along with my general 14-year-old nerdiness). > _Rather_ seems to have (been?) changed as a general result of 12 years > residence in Eastern US/Boston/New York, plus a certain tinge of > Anglophilia, and a desire not to be hopelessly marked as a Middle Westerner. > 30 years in Michigan have eroded a lot of that.
It sounds like you are using /A/ to describe a *rounded* back vowel, which is properly /Q/. /A/ is the unrounded back vowel; /a/ is the unrounded central vowel. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)