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
> > 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
>"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
>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.)