Post by Chrysi Cat Post by David DeLaney Post by Dorothy J Heydt Post by David DeLaney
Dave, English also has (at least) two triphthongs
There's a moment in Robert MacNeil's _The Story of English_ in
which a linguist, who grew up in the Appalachians, is describing
"It's a triphthong. Flah-uh-urrr."
Yep. The other one I know of offhand is "fire", fahh-eee-urr.
Dave, unless you're from Georgia, in which case you might stop the cahr by the
tahr fahr to set and watch a spell
Ooooh, comparative linguistics!
What's the way I pronounce words like "rule", "school" and the like, due
to a strong SoCal substrate (acquired because I _did_ attend preschool
there, but not once we moved to Colorado when I was four) overlain by a
moderate Colorado acccent, producing a vowel sound that basically would
be phonetically written (in English, not IPA) as "oowul"? 'Zat another
tripthong, or is it just an instrusive consonant? I also seem to hear it
in a lot of other SoCal-born, or -raised, peeps.
And the first wag that says "non-standard" gets their head kicked in :-P
Whose standard, is the obvious question.
I went to high school in Newport Beach, California, and we had
some students there who were from Palm Springs, and pronounced
the numeral "ten" indistinguishably from "tin." I mentioned this
to one of my Linguistics professors once, and he said, "Yeah, and
I bet she distinguished those words from "teen."
I've lived in various parts of California, but my pronunciation
appears to be bog-standard SF Bay Area. My vocabulary, however,
is eclectic, with lots of borrowings from British English. I
told my grandson a couple days ago to go upstairs and watch his
telly, and he said indignantly, "Why are you talking British?"
and I said, "Because I feel like it."
And I seem to have adopted one element of British syntax, out of
which I got a paper for a Linguistics class, back in the day.
Tell an American driver, "You should have turned left back there,"
and the American will say, "Well, I could have." The Brit will
say, "Well, I could have done." I analyzed this addition of "do"
for an otherwise omitted verb according to Chomsky's _Syntactic
Structures,_ which was very big back in the sixties, and got an
acceptable grade on it. I don't have the paper any more, but I
seem to've adopted the syntax.
Dorothy J. Heydt
djheydt at gmail dot com