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Re: Are/our/hour

From:Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>
Date:Tuesday, March 7, 2000, 5:58
At 4:28 pm -0600 5/3/00, Thomas R. Wier wrote:
>James Campbell wrote: > >> On the subject of are/our/hour: >> >> The angle from Dorset almost-RP-speakers would be: >> (/&/ = schwa) >> are our hour >> >> In careful speech/ /a:(r)/ /aU&(r)/ /aU&(r)/ >> word stressed >> >> In normal conversation /a:(r)/ /a:(r)/ /aU&(r)/ >> >> There is crossover, but maybe not in the same way as for American dialects?
From a Sussex speaker 'our' and 'air' are homophones, both being /E:/. This is what I brought up with and what my mother used throughout her life. I had to learn other habits when I went to university, and subsequently lived in the Midlands & then south Wales before returning almost home. The normal conversation mapping in west Sussex was and AFAIK still is: /A:/ /E:/ /EU@/ Earlier this century, local Sussex dialects were rhotic, but this had virtually disappeared in the west when I was young, but IIRC still persisted in the more rural east. I suspect arrhoticism has pervaded most parts of the county now, if not all of it. Ray. ========================================= A mind which thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language. [J.G. Hamann 1760] =========================================