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.
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