Date: Mon, 18 Apr 1994 18:57:28 -0400 From: "Aaron E. Drews" Subject: /ng/ -> /n/ / __T Recently, Rudy Troike wrote: > David Johns' great homonym of : 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 . 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 Georgetown University School of Languages and Linguistics "That is something up with Class of 1996 which I will not put"