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Here I am, brain the size of a planet...

Okay, well, no, not really. But I have taken grad-level linguistics courses. And I don't care WHAT our assessment handbook says, "hit" and "bring" don't rhyme. There are young texans out there getting a -2 on their auditory evaluation because of this question and at least one other like it. Grumble.

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wataresistant
Nov. 10th, 2005 09:56 am (UTC)
... what on Earth? I honestly don't see how hit and bring could ever rhyme. O_o
spottylogic
Nov. 10th, 2005 10:29 am (UTC)
You're from Texas, correct? We have very long, drawn-out vowels. That's the "Texas drawl." If you "clip" bring down, shortening the vowel and moving your tongue a bit forward, it rhymes with "fin." Which isn't precisely a rhyme for "hit," but it's pretty close (and this test wasn't precisely rhyming, it was matching vowel sounds.)

This is all totally transparent to a speaker. I was shocked when my linguistics prof asked me to model a southern accent for the class, but we do have very distinctive speach patterns and even a fairly cultured southern urban acccent is distinctive from a midwestern or New England accent.
wataresistant
Nov. 10th, 2005 10:31 am (UTC)
I'm not from Texas, but I am currently living here.

Ah, thank you for the explanation. :) I did notice, of course, the Texas drawl, just didn't realize it could make such words sound similar. ^_^;
spottylogic
Nov. 10th, 2005 10:58 am (UTC)
I'm sure there are words we make rhyme that New Englanders wouldn't, but deep down, I know that I would lose poet points if I tried to pretend Hit and Bring were assonance-friendly :)
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