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©2000 International Dialects of English Archive
Comma Gets A Cure ©2000 Douglas N. Honorof, Jill McCullough
& Barbara Somerville. All rights reserved.
Recorded by Alexandra
Goodman on Oct 15, 2000; edited by Eric Armstrong on Oct 30, 2000.
Recorded in Chicago, IL.
Place of Birth: The Bronx, NY
Raised: The Bronx, NY
Level of Ed.: High School
Places lived (50mi+ from place of birth): Greenwich, CT, Chicago IL,
Current Occupation: Real Estate
Notes (by Eric Armstrong)
A light Bronx/Jewish dialect.
No R-coloring on
-er endings : ", mirror, other, lawyer, mother" (though R-coloring
creeps in before a pause)
Linking R: "My brother-and I"
Strong R on -AIR -OR: " Sarah, Perry, Square, rare," "force"
stressed ER vowels have R-coloring (begins with sound in "hut"):
"Reversed, Nurse, earlier, her, were"
Strong rounding (and a slight offglide) on the AW vowel: "office,
thought, strong, cost, daughter"
Final Schwa NOT like "hut": "Comma (resists intrusive
R), Polo (almost sounds like Polar)"
-eye diphthong very bright (begins with ash): "right side"
-OW diphthong very twangy (begins with ash): "bear Mountains"
-Oh dipthong begins unrounded (begins with hut): "Old, go"
Ash before Double R: "Harrison"
Yod Dropping: "tune
-y endings have onglide: "movie"
Intermediate A - onglide into ash: "bath"
Note upward inflections (particularly when listing things at the beginning)
We grew up in uh 66 W. Gunhill Rd. right across the street from a beautiful
golf course, so we had a golf course on one side and a um park on the
other. My brother and I were very close growing up, um, we used to do
a lot of things together. We used to play in the house, we would make
up stories and poems and all kinds of fun stuff. And my Dad, my mother
worked, and on Sunday my Dad used to take us, every Sunday we would
pick a place to go and we would go and have the day, my brother, my
Dad, and I. And one, one, one Sunday we'd go ice skating, we'd go up
to Bear Mountains and we would ice skate up in Bear Mountains and that
was a lot of fun. And then another Sunday my Dad would take us downtown
and we'd go see a movie that was playing at the Paramont Theatre, or
another Sunday we'd go to the Bronx Zoo and we'd kinda have fun doing
that. And one Sund... Every, actually each week one of would get a choice,
we would pick, who would go where, and where... whoever picked the choice,
that's where we would go and we were pretty good about that. And we
used to have a great time and it was a lot of fun. And it's interesting
because as... I got married and I had two children, I have a son or
a daughter, we used to do the same thing: every Sunday, we would pick...
Ali or John would get to pick where they would like to go for a, um,