Date: Sun, 3 Dec 1995 09:07:41 -0500
From: "Dennis R. Preston" preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]PILOT.MSU.EDU
Subject: Re: /w/ and /hw/
Hmmmmmm. This does not help in the issue I raised. The suggestion that a
German substratum provides the [u] pronunciation (rather than the more
general [o]) addresses my question. It is intuitively satisfying since I
think I noticed this phenomenon first in Milwaukee, a well-known repository
of such features. Tony's observation raises another issue. Why is 'whore' a
'wh' word at all? If it is from Latin 'karus,' the [a] to [o] business is
clear, but it should have been Latin 'kw' to become English 'wh,' (that is,
'hw'). So, Anglicists, why is it 'wh' at all?
Dennis (who has forgot too much of his Germanic philology) Preston
preston[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]pilot.msu.edu
The word "whore" derived from Lat. karus 'dear (one)' where acc. to the First
Consonant Shift [k] [h] ~ [x]. This might be of some help.