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Re: OT: English and front rounded vowels

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Wednesday, December 12, 2007, 6:56
On 2007-12-10 ROGER MILLS wrote:
> In South Dakota, everyone used [jA] "yah"? a lot, to the dismay of > our teachers. Hold-over no doubt from the plentiful > German/Scandanavian heritage. (I think my sister and I still use it, > probably picked it up from peers-- still, one gd.father was > Swiss-German, but I don't recall my mother ~aunts using it, though > they probably did.)
I find myself using [ja?] (my usual casual pronunciation of the Swedish word, more formally [jA:] of course!) a lot when speaking English. It probably a reflexive grunt more than a word. /BP 8^)> -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch atte melroch dotte se ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "C'est en vain que nos Josués littéraires crient à la langue de s'arrêter; les langues ni le soleil ne s'arrêtent plus. Le jour où elles se *fixent*, c'est qu'elles meurent." (Victor Hugo)