On Fri, 18 Jun 2004 14:23:36 -0400, <cowan@...> wrote:

> Well, I've certainly heard it.
>> like "cherce" for "choice" in Brooklyn.
> My ear says that people with this accent use [Vj] for both /oi/ and /@r/,
> leaving naive auditors with the impression that /oi/ and /er/ are
> interchanged.

Although I lived in Manhattan for 13 years, I didn't hear a lot of the
Brooklyn accent. My impression, which I'm not sure of, is that "oil" and
"purse" (for instance) were pronounced slightly differently. They would be
a challenge for a novice IPA transcriber to notate, I suspect.

Southeastern (all Southern?) US pronunciation of "oil" is markedly
different; I'd spell it "oal", but that's only an approx'n.

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