I currently live in the Kanawha Valley and I assure you it is pronounced KA-NA-WHA.
I guess in some of the hollows it may be pronounced Kan-aw, or if spoken quickly.
< Message edited by regularbird -- 1/2/2007 3:05:44 PM >
I could indeed have misheard it, but my people live in do not live in the hollows, and it did sound more of a 'Can-aw', but I may have missed a soft 'ah', very probable I did.
I say it Can-ah-wha, but my cousin corrected me with a different pronunciation.
So, there are local dialects as you point out, and that could very well be the case. Very interesting.
NY City had 5 official dialects according to linguists, one for each burrough, and all just slightly differnet thus them dialects.
Where do you live in WV?? That is such a beautiful State. Our people originally worked in the coal mines of PA and the WV. Times are tough there and elsewhere in the old Rustbelt now. We have 15% unemployment in Detroit including Police Officers and Teachers.
Thanx for the info., Chris