Date: Mon, 18 Apr 1994 18:57:28 -0400
From: "Aaron E. Drews" DREWSA[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]GUVAX.BITNET
Subject: /ng/ - /n/ / __T
Recently, Rudy Troike wrote:
David Johns' great homonym of lengths : links of /ng/ to /n/ in length ,
which I first noticed hearing from James Alatis, who grew
up in a Greek family in Ohio. For a long time I thought it was
idiosyncratic, but in recent years I have been hearing it from a
number of speakers, primarily northeastern, but
also from some African Americans (mostly Ph.D.s) not from that area.
I wonder if there is any Atlas survey data on this, or any other information.
The same change of velar to alveolar nasal also affects strength .
Having the pleasure of working in James Alatis' office, I
decided to see if this /ng/ - /n/ was true. The conversation sort of
went like this:
AD :Dean Alatis, how do you say /lengT/ ?
JA :/lenT/ ?
AD: Never mind... that's all I needed to know...
He also told me that cot is equal to caught for him. One of
the few people I've met here that this is the case. BTW, I thought
he got his undergrad degree in Ohio, but he grew up in West Virgina.
At least, that's what he tells us.
Aaron Drews drewsa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]guvax.georgetown.edu
Georgetown University drewsa[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]guvax.bitnet
School of Languages and Linguistics "That is something up with
Class of 1996 which I will not put"