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Re: General American (was "y" and "r" (Uusisuom))

From:Yoon Ha Lee <yl112@...>
Date:Sunday, April 1, 2001, 18:02
On Sun, 1 Apr 2001, Scott W. Hlad wrote:

> I can't speak to the subject of "General American," but as a native speaker, > I can assure you that listening to someone who grew up in say Alabama or > Mississippi (no offence intended nor implied) I with my > Pennsylvanio-Michiganian-Albertan must really struggle to keep up and > understand just as I would with the Cockney or Liverpudlian in England. > > As the pronounciations vary so widely when does it cease to be a > pronounciation or accent issue and become a dialectical issue. My > sister-in-law (from Tennessee) will routinely say that she is "fixin' to > make supper," whereas I would say "I'm just about to make supper."
<wry g> I had a friend in Houston who felt really dumb in some class when she couldn't understand the teacher's pronunciation of "cotton" -[t@n] vs. her own pronunciation (and mine) ending -[?n] (with a syllabic n). My vocabulary is more confused than anything else, but I run afoul of things like soda vs. pop, pail vs. bucket, and cringe with my sister "to nuke [food item X]," apparently meaning "to microwave"; I grant that she and I have become somewhat blasé about the North Korean nuclear threat to South Korea (where most of our relatives live), but.... YHL


Frank George Valoczy <valoczy@...>
Barry Garcia <barry_garcia@...>