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Dialectology and sound change [was: Re: Rating Languages]

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Saturday, September 29, 2001, 18:22
Quoting Adam Walker <dreamertwo@...>:

> >From: Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...> > >Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 16:56:55 -0400 > > > > > Never heard of 'fittin' before. > > > >I've heard it a few times, it's rather rural. Kinda like "Fitty > cent" > >:-) (Fifty cents) > > > > It seems to be mainly the same people who say bidness for business.
Those are both very widespread pronunciations in the Southern US: "Fifty" undergoes consonant cluster simplication, while /z/ shifts to /d/ before syllablic [n=]. The former is more widespread word- finally: my father's [swEp] for "swept"; the latter is AFAICT nearly universal in colloquial Southern speech for "wasn't" [w@dn=t]. Much ink has been spilled over points like these between the Creolists (who say everything has to do with the trans-Atlantic slave-trade) and the Dialectologists (who say that everything can be traceable back to Britain). Both, naturally, are wrong to a certain extent. ============================== Thomas Wier <trwier@...> "If a man demands justice, not merely as an abstract concept, but in setting up the life of a society, and if he holds, further, that within that society (however defined) all men have equal rights, then the odds are that his views, sooner rather than later, are going to set something or someone on fire." Peter Green, in _From Alexander to Actium_, on Spartan king Cleomenes III