May 10, 2023

MAY 10, Canadiana : Canadian "raising" (linguistics)


Authors' Note:  This is a mostly true story.

The Canadian internist in question had moved south to undertake a fellowship at an American medical school.. As an introduction to potential staff mentors, he was asked to prepare a lecture on aspects of gout.

The transcriptionist, a southern woman, was victimized by her unfamiliarity with "Canadian raising", a speech variation altering and shortening the sounds of vowels in words like houserice and out; this pattern affects the speech of many speakers in the northern US, as well as in Canada.  

You can review poems, pictures and diverse nonsense related to Canada on the post "Canadiana" on our full-service blog  "Edifying Nonsense".

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