|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.
A mind which thinks at its own expense
will always interfere with language.
[J.G. Hamann 1760]