CHAT wi' (was: Thorn vs Eth)
|From:||Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, July 11, 2002, 20:09|
On Wednesday, July 10, 2002, at 11:20 , John Cowan wrote:
> Ray Brown scripsit:
>> But forget _with_. Here down south, old hands like me say [wID],
>> while the younger generations say [wiv]. In parts of the north
>> one hears [wiT] and in certain other parts [wi]; I've certainly heard
>> [wId] among Irish speakers.
> I'm wondering if the use of [i] here is intentional or a mere slip
> for [I].
'twas intentional. AFAIK that's how it's pronounced in some lowland
Scots dialects where it's transcribed as "wi'" by those trying to indicate
dialect pronunciation. But possible [wI] also occurs - certainly word
final [I] is common enough in many northern English dialects. The
variety of lowland Scots dialects never ceases to amaze me.