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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@...> > writes: > > > I realized at the time that it was kind of a joke, I > > sounded it out and did over and over again, I found I do have two > different > > vowels in "put" and "book": my lips are rounded with "put" and they > definitely > > 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 > English > > 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 systematically: 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... A B put book took look could good soot rook foot crook should shook cook hook What do you think? Matt.


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