SoCal vowels (was Re: sending mail to the list)
|From:||J Matthew Pearson <pearson@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, May 3, 2001, 16:51|
Steg Belsky wrote:
> On Wed, 2 May 2001 18:22:57 EDT David Peterson <DigitalScream@...>
> > I realized at the time that it was kind of a joke, yet...as I
> > sounded it out and did over and over again, I found I do have two
> > vowels in "put" and "book": my lips are rounded with "put" and they
> > are not with "book". Did I just invent this when I saw that? Does any
> > other native English speaker have this? Any native Southern California
> > speaker?
> I have it too... it seems to be connected to the aspiration on the /p/ of
> "put". So it's more a feature of the preceding consonant than anything
> tied to the vowel.
This is an interesting hypothesis. So do you have the same contrast between
"could" (more rounded) and "good" (less rounded)? We should test this
If Steg's guess is right, then the vowels in column A should all sound the
same, and the vowels in column B should all sound the same, and the vowels in
column A should sound different from the vowels in column B...
What do you think?