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Re: Strange vowel shifts...

From:BP Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Thursday, November 28, 2002, 8:34
At 22:00 25.11.2002 +0000, Joe wrote:

>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)
Are you sure it is not [I:dZ]? / B.Philip Jonsson B^)> -- (delete X!) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ No man forgets his original trade: the rights of nations and of kings sink into questions of grammar, if grammarians discuss them. -Dr. Samuel Johnson (1707 - 1784)