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Re: Cloakroom

From:Eric Christopherson <rakko@...>
Date:Thursday, May 15, 2008, 4:37
On May 13, 2008, at 1:51 PM, Peter Collier wrote:
> This brings to mind an old joke, which requires some familiarity > with the Birmingham (UK)/Black Country accent to fully appreciate: > > Q What's the difference between buffalo and bison? > A "Yow cor wash yer onds in a buff'low" /jau) kU: w&S j@ rOnz > in @ bVfflau)/ - 'you can't wash your hands in a buffalo' > > The joke being bison/basin are homophonous (/boi)sn/)
That's pretty cool. Where does <cor> /kU:/ come from? Does <or> correspond to /U:/ in other words? On the subject of <can't>, I've heard British people on TV saying what sounds to me like [kA:n], but it might have a [?] at the end that I'm missing. It almost sounds like they're saying <can>, especially if you're naive about British vowels like I was a few years ago, and assume that American /&/ is [A] or [A:] in British speech.


Tristan McLeay <conlang@...>
Daniel Prohaska <daniel@...>
Peter Collier <petecollier@...>