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Re: USAGE: intrusive "r" [was Re: (Offlist) Re: ASCII IPA]

From:bnathyuw <bnathyuw@...>
Date:Thursday, August 22, 2002, 8:53
 --- Roger Mills <romilly@...> wrote: > Tom Wier
> > >For some reason, in America I associate this > phenomenon > >exclusively with New England. Perhaps I've watched > too > >much public television -- Norm Abram, originally on > _This > >Old House_ and now doing his own public television > show > >_The New Yankee Workshop_, has a very distinct > intrusive > >"r". I don't think I've ever heard of Southern > dialects > >with intrusive "r". I'd be curious to know if > anybody's > >ever heard any. > > > New England, definitely. _South_ Dakota??? ;) The > odd thing was that in my > (vintage 1940s) grade-school class of 30-some, there > were maybe 2 or 3 > offenders, and _idear_ was almost the only word > where it occurred-- one > heard it from adults too. (Cuba not being a subject > of much discussion in > those days). The usage tended to correlate with > lower socio-economic > status, hence the opprobrium from teachers and other > middle-class types. > Since their accents were otherwise standard > midwestern, it's hard to see > where "idear" came from. Perhaps a survival from > parents/grandparents who > may been migrants from New England. > > (Incidentally the final -r was not just > intervocalic; it was always there, > as in "Hey, that's a good idear!")
ooh, a bit like the accent in bristol. 'bristol area' becomes 'bristow areal' ( /l/ is usually almost [w] ) bn __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts