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Re: OT: English and front rounded vowels

From:ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...>
Date:Monday, December 10, 2007, 18:05
Mark J. Reed wrote:
>On Dec 10, 2007 9:07 AM, caeruleancentaur > > > > There is also an expression used by New Englanders, mainly by Vermonters >I > > believe. I have no idea how it is spelled but it sounds something like > > /e'@/. > > >Usually grouped with "Ayup."
That was pretty much how we outlanders characterised local New Hampshire speech, and IIRC it's the feature par excellence of Maine echt down-easter dialect. One of my school-mates was Marshall Dodge, who had a bit of a career as a comedian/monologist sending up his native Maine and its peculiarities :-)))))))))))))
> >"Yeah" is indeed /j&:/ for most of us over here, but some do pronounce it >/jE/ (sometimes with a corresponding respelling to "yeh"). Typically this >is a shortened version, spoken quickly. Final /E/ is quite rare (though >not >unheard of) among us rhotic types, which is no doubt the reason that the >vowel in "yeah" changed for us. >
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.)


B Garcia <montrei13@...>
Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>