American (was Re: Cants
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, December 18, 2003, 5:35|
Barry Garcia slabronten:
> >If you're going to point to real instances
> >of geographic change in the US, the place to look is the vowel-shifts
> >underway in the Northern and Southern US. Both are chain-shifts,
> >but are proceeding in the *opposite* direction.
> What *are* the chain shifts happening in the northern and southern US?
Here's a good summary of the phenomenon from Labov's page:
(Skip down to the section entitled, logically enough, "Chain Shifts")
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