Date: Wed, 16 Apr 1997 18:18:06 -0400 From: Peggy Smith Subject: Re: hypercorrect intervocalic /t/ I heard the pin/pen merger for the first time when I moved to Henry County, Georgia from New Jersey. It was my first real encounter with Southern speech. I am a teacher, and students said safety pin, bobby pin, stick pin (thumb tack), and ink pin. I now teach in a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio. Whenever I hear a student ask another for an ink pin, I ask where he spends his summers. Invariably, there is a grandmother in Mississippi or cousins in Georgia. Peggy Smith