On names, changing them, and pronunciation

Jon Noble jon_p_noble at yahoo.com
Mon Mar 10 14:57:51 EST 2003


--- Kyla Tornheim <kyla at merlin.sccs.swarthmore.edu>
wrote:
> On Fri, 10 Mar 2006, Sally Odgers wrote:
> 
> > Not the same where I live. The rhyming ones are as
> follows.
> >
> > Carrie rhymes with marry, baron, Aaron, Parrish,
> Karen
> > Kerry rhymes with merry, Terry, heron, Erin,
> hemlock
> > Mary rhymes with staring.
> >
> > And the difference is quite decided.
> 
> ...and the interesting thing is that I agree with
> you completely, except
> for Karen, which I would have put with Mary and
> staring.
> 
> The thing about not being able to distinguish
> between "cot" and "cought"
> is called a merger, I believe, and it and the
> pin/pen thing are both
> commonly known linguistic features. One of my
> friends, for her linguistics
> thesis, looked at the language of military brats,
> and those two features
> were two of the things she checked for.
> 
> 
I'd have to go with Sally for these, and I'd guess
that those pronounciations are pretty universal in Oz.
For US regional variations you may wish to look at
this

http://hcs.harvard.edu/~golder/dialect/index.html

It has Mary/merry/marry but not pen/pin

Jon

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