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At 22:16 -0700 18.6.1999, Barry Garcia wrote:

>Oh yes i forgot about that accent! My Chem teacher last last year talked
>like that. I think she was from Minnesota, and she would always say yes
>with a "ya".

Which is of course a blatant Scandinavianism (in this case.  It will crop
up in German, Dutch and Afrikaans natives' English too.  In my Swedish
dialect "yes" is mostly [?a/] with a rising intonation -- or [ja?] when
meaning "yes I/you/they did it!" as when watching sports or so --, rather
than the prescribed [ja:].  When speaking English I tend to use "yeah";
maybe because "no" is [nE:] in my Swedish dialect! :-)

/BP

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