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LINGUIST List 19.3485

Sun Nov 16 2008

Qs: Can vs. Can't in Regards to Vowel Shifts

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        1.    Marissa Reynolds, Can vs. Can't in Regards to Vowel Shifts

Message 1: Can vs. Can't in Regards to Vowel Shifts
Date: 14-Nov-2008
From: Marissa Reynolds <mlreyn02syr.edu>
Subject: Can vs. Can't in Regards to Vowel Shifts
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I am a Master's student at Syracuse University working on a paper for a
Phonological Analysis class. The topic of my paper is the apparent vowel
raising in the affirmative form to a mid front vowel from the negative
which is a clearer low front vowel. I have noticed this particularly in
regard to upstate New York speakers but I would like to investigate the
perceived neutralization of the vowels to just the low front vowel in both
forms in Southern speakers in particular I have noticed this with a friend
of mine from Texas. It is often difficult to determine if she is using the
affirmative or the negative form.

I am looking for ideas on this subject from other linguists in regard
particularly to the idea that the vowel is raised as a minimal noticeable
difference factor for some speakers. I am also interested to find out if
anyone knows of any published work dealing with this topic area. I will
post my findings upon completion.

Linguistic Field(s): Phonetics

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