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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. Ray.


Barbara Barrett <barbarabarrett@...>