Date: Sun, 17 Apr 1994 12:43:13 -0700 From: Rudy Troike Subject: Loss of /th/ vs assimilation of /ng/ in David Johns' great homonym of : in Georgia brings to attention the opposite assimilation, namely the change of /ng/ to /n/ in , 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 . --Rudy Troike (rtroike[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]