Tuesday, December 02, 2003

Scholars of Twang Track All the ’Y’Alls’ in Texas

A fascinating article titled Scholars of Twang Track All the ’Y’Alls’ in Texas. I was puzzled by this:
One traditional feature of Texas and Southern speech — pronouncing the word 'pen' like 'pin,' known as the pen/pin merger — is disappearing in the big Texas cities, while remaining common in rural areas, Dr. Tillery said. Texans in the prairie may shell out 'tin cints,' but not their metropolitan brethren.
Huh. I never knew that anyone anywhere pronounced "pen" differently from "pin." Maybe I just haven't been paying attention.


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