Just for fun, I measured /æ/ among female speakers in the stimuli I’m putting together for a class project. You can see that the African American speakers (in blue and red) have more raised /æ/ than the white female speakers. Both groups are college-aged students from urban North Carolina. Mostly I’m just pleased with the aesthetics of this vowel plot–which I’ve only just been learning how to make! Now on to measuring the males for /æ/ and females and males for /o/! If you can’t tell, I’m loving grad school!
Megan L. Risdal