Strange vowel shifts...
|Date:||Monday, November 25, 2002, 21:44|
Is it just me, or have I noticed a (rather restricted) vowel shift starting
in English. I talk of the ending '-age', as in 'sausage', 'cabbage', and the
name of my home town, Wantage.
Originally, I believe, it was [Age]. This, of course, shifted to [ejdZ], and
again to [@dZ]. Currently it is usually sitting quite comfortably between
[@dZ] and [IdZ]. However, in the speech of one person, I have noticed a
strange thing...they pronounce it [i:dZ]. Is this an early person to adopt
it, or is it just a freak occurence, do you think? Any ideas on whether it
may spread further?
(BTW, I'm talking about British English)