B. Garcia wrote: >On Mon, 8 Nov 2004 08:54:15 -0500, John Cowan <[log in to unmask]> wrote: > > >>/@gejn(st)/ seems British to me, and >>/Et/ comes across as an archaic vulgarism, the sort of thing my father >>(1904-1993) said when he was being funny. >> >> > >My grandmother (born 1920) was raised on a farm in the north eastern >corner of Kansas, and she often says /Et/ where I say /ejt/. To me the >use of /Et/ has a Kansan quality to it, much like using /wArS/ for >/wAS/ > > My grandmother (born 1914) was raised somewhere in country Victoria and she generally uses a short e in ate. She also surprisingly often (i.e. at all) says 'his' for 'its', though I'm not sure if this is an archaic use or just a frequent personification. A number of features of her speech seem surprisingly conservative, and a number of features of her speech seem surprisingly Broad; I suppose she's just speaking the Broad Australian of two generations ago... (I'll never believe anyone puts an /r/ in 'wash' until I've heard it with my own ears and I'm satisfied they're not faking it :) -- Tristan.