Accents and Names
We've seen people discuss how their names sound in other accents. How about we talk about the effect of accents on names? I'll start with mine:
I grew up in rural inland California. My parents were from the coast; my father from Orange County, my mother from Oakland.
I am fully merged for Mary, Merry, and Marry. All take the "short e" sound: IPA /mɛɻ i/. Sorry, Karyn.
I am Don/Dawn and cot/caught merged. All these sounds become a central open unrounded vowel: /ä/ ("ah" for me). I do have a distinction between the "ah" vowel and the "aw" vowel--"aw" is further backed, but it is not rounded: /ɑ/. I use "aw" for words like all, saw, Laura, Paul. Lara uses "ah". Not all of my childhood neighbors have an ah/aw disticntion, however. For those that do not, Laura is Lore-ah, and Paul is Pahl.
We raise the i in -ing. King is keeng, English is Eenglish, and so on. I don't think this affects many names, but it's definitely a consideration. Although ae can be sometimes raised, I personally don't; I use the same vowel in "rang" as in "ran."
Here's an example of a person with the accent I grew up with: Michael from Bella Viva Orchards: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1tH3ZxmmrI Listen to Juan, too; that was very commonly heard as well.
How about you and your accent? Are there any questions about how a name sounds in my accent? Any names that change significantly? Are there any names that you wouldn't want to bestow because the locals would pronounce them differently? (I try to avoid the Northeast's "aer" and "open-o" sound /ɔ/. Both grate on me, for some reason.)
Thu, 06/21/2012 - 11:50am