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Re: OT: English and front rounded vowels

From:B Garcia <montrei13@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 11, 2007, 0:13
On 12/10/07, ROGER MILLS <rfmilly@...> 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.) >
Oddly enough, I've ended up with "ya" in my speech and Monterey isn't reknown for a large German/Scandanavian population. Of course, it could be related to the emerging "California accent", where /&/ often ends up something like /a/ (and I have noticed features of the accent in my speech if I'm being informal (I take care not to let it slip at work, very much).