I just wanted to be a part of it and I'm thankful for the opportunity,'' said DeGuglielmo, who retained his R-dropping
Boston accent during his stops up and down the East Coast.
Although rhoticity seems to be dominant in North America, there are areas of the United States in which r-dropping is common and even characteristic.
We will use the expression "Lowland Southern" (LS) to define the area in which the "pin-pen" merger coexists with r-dropping, and this occurs in the states of Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana, Mississippi and South Carolina.
The combination of r-dropping and no "pin-pen" merger is characteristic of the North-Eastern part of the United States.
The last area that arises when we overlap the geographic distribution of the four phonetic characteristics described in this section is the one in which we simultaneously find the "father-bother" split and the "cot-caught" merger, but no r-dropping and no "pin-pen" merger.
By looking at the last two columns of table 3 we find that, whereas speakers that possess r-dropping and the "father-bother" split have a higher per-capita income than the average, the "cot-caught" merger and the "pin-pen" merger are associated to areas in which the GDP per capita is lower than the North American average (which is U 45,898 per year, as can be seen on table 2).
r-dropping, the "father-bother" split, the "cot-caught" merger, and the "pin-pen" merger).
The results obtained in our regression analyses seem to indicate that r-dropping is a statistically significant characteristic which is positively correlated to GDP per capita, and that the "father-bother" split is not statistically significant as a linguistic marker of a higher or a lower per-capita income in North America.
The substitution of /d/ for /th/ has long been considered particularly plebeian, and even r-dropping
, once a hallmark of cultivated New York speech (remember FDR?