Bill O'Neill billohno@gmail.com
Tue Sep 4 00:06:38 EDT 2012

On 9/3/2012 11:15 PM, Garrett Wollman wrote:
> Similarly, Barbara Marcin always used to say "hut" /hVt/ for "hot"; 
> Bill Labov could probably pinpoint exactly where she grew up to have 
> learned that pronunciation. (I'm pretty sure that there's a U.S. 
> dialect region that makes that precise substitution consistently where 
> standard pronunciation has /A/ in stressed syllables.) The one that I 
> can't account for is Barry Burbank's "hairicane" /'hEirI,kEin/ for 
> "hurricane" -- but he says it consistently, so that's probably how 
> they say it wherever he grew up. -GAWollman 

There are also weather people who have an even stranger dialect. For 
instance, some attempt to enunciate "partly sunny" and yet it expresses 
in "scattered showers."  A stretch, clearly. But language is a nutty thing.

Bill O'Neill

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