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August 24, 2012 7:05 AM Subscribe
The Northern Cities Vowel Shift is radically changing the sound of English:
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Despite fears that the growth of TV and radio would homogenize English dialects in the US, the Great Lakes region (from Syracuse to Milwaukee) has been in fact diverging with respect to how people there pronounce English words. Rob Mifsud writes: Consider the three-letter words that begin with b and end in t: bat, bet, bit, bot, and but. All five of those words contain short vowel sounds. Their long-vowel equivalents—bate, beet, bite, boat, boot, and bout—arrived at their modern pronunciations as a result of the Great Vowel Shift that began around 1400 and established the basic contours of today’s English. But those short vowels have remained pretty much constant since the eighth century—in other words, for more than a thousand years. Until now.
In practice, the Northern Cities Vowel Shift means "block" is pronounced like "black," "but" is pronounced like "bought," and "bet" is pronounced like "but," among other peculiarities.
Examples of the Northern Cities Vowel Shift can be found here
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