Jason (jcreed) wrote,

Oh, man, I really should be doing real work, but I am addicted to low-level 6502 hacking for the moment. I have finally broken free of the shackles of nesasm. Here is a tarball containing pure sml, which generates a valid NSF of "Wisconsin Course": neomustard.tar.gz. The code's a little messy, but it works. Bug-hunting with the debugger in FCE Ultra (the emulator I've been using) is kind of fun. I only had to do it once, for a bug where I was miscomputing the relative offset in conditional branch instructions.

I overheard someone else's order being taken at McDonald's, and noticed "can I help you" was reduced to the bisyllabic /knæɛwpju/, the sequence æɛw apparently functioning as a triphthong nucleus of the first syllable. Maybe I'm not notating it right, dunno. Anyhow from informal listening lately I'm begninng to wonder about both of (a) the change aj → æ and (b) the change l → w (for instance in "help" /hɛlp/ → /hɛwp/ or "for real" /fəɹ ɹiəl/ → /fɹɪw/), whether each one is a feature of BVE or, say, of western Pennsylvania dialect. I'm leaning towards believing that (a) is more BVE (I think pittsburghese would more tend to do aj → a) and (b) might just be a pittsburghese thing. Not sure.
Tags: music, nes, phonology
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