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Re: OT: English and front rounded vowels

From:caeruleancentaur <caeruleancentaur@...>
Date:Monday, December 10, 2007, 14:17
>"T. A. McLeay" <conlang@...> wrote: >I would not be surprised if the modern "yay" was just another >representative of ME "yea" and therefore we have four different >continuations of *ja: yea (archaic), yes, yay (interjection), yeah >(informal).
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'@/. Perhaps it is spelled <ea>. I wouldn't be surprised if this, too, wasn't related to "yea" and "yay." If you have ever seen the motion picture "Rooster Cogburn" you heard Katherine Hepburn's character Eula Goodnight use it from time to time. Charlie


Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>