[tied] Re: Pronunciation of "r" - again?

From: tgpedersen
Message: 41328
Date: 2005-10-13

--- In cybalist@yahoogroups.com, glen gordon <glengordon01@...>
> Lars on my greatgrandpappy and -mammy:
> > They must have been registered in Stockholm when
> > leaving, but have had their roots in other parts
> > of Sweden (Dalekarlia or the west coast) to
> > have had W when leaving.
> Yes, I was thinking this too because I frankly don't
> have a clue how my greatgrandparents lived. They
> ended up farming in Minnesota so _perhaps_ they had
> been farmers in Sweden too, but it's anyone's guess.
> If they were farmers then I suppose they wouldn't
> have been city people (duh! :P) and their original
> residence wouldn't have been in Stockholm itself.

You might have heard something else: Most second-language English
speakers have problems keeping /v/ and /w/ separate, especially if
they are allophones in their native language. You might have
heard /werI/ for 'very', but did she say /wa:s/ or /weIs/ for 'vase'?