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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") ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637